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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?

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!

Low risk, but high consequence: Victorian man dies of Japanese encephalitis

23 June 2017

A Victorian man in his 60s who’d holidayed in Phuket, Thailand in early May died this week from Japanese encephalitis (JE) in a Melbourne hospital.

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.

Routine, for a reason

4 April 2017

Routine vaccinations are the ones that you have during childhood – like tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) & 

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.

In Profile: Laos

15 February 2017

High on the list of up-and-coming tourist destinations for Australian travellers is the Lao People's Democratic Republic, or Laos.

20-year peak in imported dengue: Is it lack of awareness, or just complacency?

19 January 2017

Australia has seen an increasing number of dengue notifications in recent years – the more-than-2,000 confirmed cases reported last year were the highest in 20 years.

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

When word of mouth isn't the best advice

19 December 2016

While Laura Hawkins' story is a stark reminder of how a holiday can go horribly wrong - being bitten by a monkey in