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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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Yellow Fever Exemption

August 22nd, 2013

Many people have recently been ringing our clinic and asking … Is it acceptable to have a medical exemption for yellow fever vaccine instead of the vaccination certificate? Some of our patients have been told by their travel agent that the exemption certificate is not good enough and they must get vaccinated. This is ill […]

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Most human parasites are, in some fashion, major (important, serious, or significant), to the individual infected. Some human parasites are major or important by virtue of being extremely common, although they are not particularly harmful, e.g. E. vermicularis, which is almost a commensal. Some parasites are major in view of their serious effect on the […]

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18th Edition Travelling Well

August 15th, 2013

18th edition Whats new? 18th Travelling Well has now been released. This brings the number of copies in print to 185,000 copies. Many thanks to all those travellers who sent suggestions and comments to assist the book be even more useful to travellers all around the globe. Overall not very much has changed. In a […]

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China – Bird Flu 2013

April 10th, 2013

15.4.13 Avian Influenza Update As of 15 April, the World Health Organisation ( WHO) reports that a total of 60 cases have been laboratory confirmed with influenza A(H7N9) virus in China, including thirteen deaths.   Cases have been reported primarily from Shanghai City (Shanghai Province) with additional cases reported from Chuzhou City (Anhui Province); Nanjing, […]

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Recently I was very honoured to receive.. The Surgeon General John White Medal at a small ceremony from Professor John Pearn. “With congratulations and esteem for all your leadership and service to the specialty discipline of Travel Medicine.” I would like to use this opportunity to thank all those who have helped make this recognition […]

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How vaccines changed our world

February 21st, 2013

Here is an interesting infographic from an article; How vaccines changed our world .

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There was a recent story on the 7.30 report about Norovirus. Most particularly about the new strain of Norovirus known as Sydney – because it was first reported here in Australia. This new strain is circulating in the USA and UK. As the name implies this is a virus. Norovirus is notable because it is […]

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The Shopping Bags Dilemma

January 2nd, 2013

Update On 1st July 2018, Qld will ban light plastic bags We encourage our patients to bring their own bags but meanwhile we will have available Paper bags for purchase for $1. As noted below they are not a great solution. The small medical kit bag only costs $5 so it may be preferable to […]

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Rabies vaccine is a dilemma to many Australian travellers. Travellers seek advice from many sources, (eg doctors, Google, travel agents, fellow travellers etc) and often receive conflicting information about rabies. Some sources say have rabies vaccine, some say do not have rabies vaccine… Below is a typical question I receive.. My daughter, leaves for a […]

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