Risks and illnesses

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.

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.

Resistant STI prompts advice for all ages

26 July 2017

Bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics is hardly news, but when it’s a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) like gonorrhoea and the level of resistance means that some cases have been impossible to treat using available antibiotics, that’s alarming!

A few fishy tales about worms

8 June 2017

If you have a dog at home you’ll know full well that Buddy or Bella must be wormed regularly - for their sake as well as your own, so you don’t become infected too.

Hepatitis E for ‘epicure’

26 April 2017

A news article published in the last couple of weeks has provided a reminder that we aren’t immune from many of the diseases that are prevalent in other regions of the world, even developed ones; not when we are such avid travellers.

Travel to Brazil: Guidance during yellow fever outbreak

8 March 2017

There will still be many, many people who are content to miss the pizzazz of the Carnival in Rio and take in all that Brazil has to offer once the parades are over.

Meningococcal B & W: Special vaccine campaigns for 2 states

28 December 2016

You may have seen mention in the media of the introduction of separate meningococcal vaccination programs in South Australia  and Western Australia  – they’re be

Rabies: Progress made, but…

28 September 2016

September 28th is World Rabies Day and we thought it worthwhile to acknowledge the event with some reminders on how to manage a potential rabies exposure – what to do in the way of first aid and what medical treatment should involve – as

Chickenpox vaccine: 2 doses better than 1?

12 September 2016

In tropical regions, chickenpox (or varicella) is a disease affecting older children or adults that’s more likely to strike during the ‘tourist’ season when it’s dry and the temperatures are cooler.