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Neural connections are damaged in Japanese Encephalitis

Another tragic case of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has been reported – this time in a 60 year old Victorian man who merely visited Phuket, Thailand on a holiday and ran into the ‘ wrong mosquito’. The mosquito likes rural areas mostly, but not always. The mossie feeds at dust, mostly. Once the mossie drops its payload […]

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Malaria parasite consumes the red blood cells

Malaria research

October 27th, 2016

I am pleased to announce our latest research project:  my staff and I are participating in the following very important initiative. 3 Day Malarone Acceptability and Tolerability research project (3MAT) Malaria is one of the most common causes of fever in Australian travellers, with approximately 400 cases reported each year in Australia. Most travellers who […]

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ae Aegypti mossie carries Zika

Zika in Bali

June 21st, 2016

Zika Virus has just been reported in Bali, but don’t panic. CDC ( The extremely reliable Centre for Disease Control in the United States of America ) has a nice map of Zika affected areas here. It is really not surprising if Zika is in Bali. The virus is carried by the same mosquito that carries Dengue […]

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Zika and Travellers

February 2nd, 2016

Zika virus has exploded onto the collective consciousness lately, due to media stories about birth defects in Brazil being possibly linked to Zika virus. Another reason to seek good medical advice before travel Frankly this is just one of the many things that are out there and pose a risk to travellers. (This is why […]

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A recent report of a traveller contracting Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Thailand highlights the fact that ‘rare does not mean never’. This chap had a very common itinerary: Upon arriving in Thailand, he visited Bangkok during two days where he stayed in a hotel. On 28 January he travelled by bus to Surat Thani, and on […]

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Travelling With Children

July 3rd, 2012

Some recent studies have documented the likelihood of illness in children travellers. They reported roughly one in 3 children who travel abroad, will acquire a travel-related illness. Diarrhoea, feverish illness, skin conditions, and respiratory problems were the most common. Infected insect bites and sunburn also rated a special mention. Risk varied by age groups and […]

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Dengue – Day biting Mosquitoes

September 15th, 2010

Dengue is breaking out in Delhi, just in time for the Commonwealth games. This is not a great surprise. The virus is transmitted by mosquito bites. Dengue mosquitoes breed easily in cities. The dengue mosquito can breed in a pot plant saucer. . City with infected persons + building sites + monsoon = great recipe […]

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