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WHO: SUBJECT IN FOCUS: Q&A: Similarities and differences – COVID-19 and influenza

17 March 2020

Both viral infections which cause fever and respiratory symptoms, but what about transmission and other important differences? The WHO published answers to the questions –

Experts answer coronavirus/COVID-19 questions

17 March 2020

Youtube presentation by The Conversation in which questions on COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus are answered by experts Dr Lisa Sedger, a lecturer in Virology, Immunology

COVID-19: What we do know

28 February 2020

Every morning we wake to new information, data and articles on the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 and the illness it causes, COVID-19. This makes it difficult to keep track of what we do now know – and there is still plenty that we don’t unfortunately – and how it could impact us.

 

Flu – seasonal vaccines, available at a centre near you

13 March 2019

Influenza viruses, those which cause an infection of the respiratory tract, are classified into 3 types: A, B, and C, however it’s only A and B that usually cause illness in humans.

The Measles-Go-Round

17 January 2019

It’s a topic we have covered before, but all current evidence points to the fact that it is not going away anytime soon – Measles!

Typhoid's looming threat

24 August 2018
A colleague told me how she had managed to get typhoid fever while working at a holiday resort in Mexico back in the early 1980s - one meal taken in the nearby town proved to be her undoing.

Tick bites that pack a punch

23 July 2018
The lush European countryside in summer is renowned for emerald green meadows and the sound of cowbells, but there are many visitors, including Australian tourists, who are oblivious to a tiny, but potentially dangerous, insect that may be lurking in the grass – ticks, and they are capable of transmitting a number of diseases.

On the menu today… You!

27 June 2018

Right now it’s the rainy season in many regions of Asia popular for travellers, such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.You may not want to hear this if you’re heading over there for a holiday soon but … when the rainfall increases, so do the activities of biting mosquitoes.

Russia 2018: Ready for kick off

24 June 2018

It’s not long now to the 2018 World Cup in Russia starting on June 14 and if you’ve booked your tickets to see the Socceroos in action (or you’re about to) NOW is the time to think about getting the recommended vaccinations and advice.

Watching out when bats are about

8 February 2018

BAT: Noun /bæt/ Order Chiroptera: the second biggest order within the animal division (class) of Mammalia with over 1,300 species; found in most places except for the two Poles and a few Pacific islands.

Genuine or not? A vital difference

11 December 2017

There’s a lot of appeal in the street markets that you come across in some developing countries – where else would you find hugely discounted products with high end brand names?