Life after PhD in the medical research hamster wheel…

I got to meet up with some colleagues from my past research life recently. A few different but related things struck me as interesting. These thoughts are filtered through the Read More …

Influenza seasons are unpredictable: deal with it

Mainstream Australian media are reporting that influenza cases in Australia have dropped by 83 per cent. Doctors have also said this is the result of science, guesswork and “a bit Read More …

How many cold viruses in one place, in one season?

I was recently asked how many different common cold viruses are there at a given time? The short answer is – dozens! In the past, I’ve written a few reviews (for Read More …

During the first 4 weeks of life “common cold” viruses occur frequently and can make your little one sick….

Not much is known about the number of, and the burden due to, virus infections that happen during the very first four weeks of life – called the “neonatal period“. Read More …

Only effective vaccines can protect us from respiratory viruses because we’re us

As winter wraps up in Australia, it’s become quite clear that – barring a very unusual late burst of activity – the 2018 influenza (flu) season has passed Australia by with Read More …

Flu is giving Australia a breather….

August is the traditional Australian peak influenza (flu) month. The peak can move around a bit but it usually flu virus party time, followed in size by September. We’re two-thirds of Read More …

Minding the gap: looking at numbers early in an outbreak

The second Ebola virus disease for 2018 continues to unfold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nearly two weeks have passed since the official announcement of the outbreak by the Read More …

SNAPDATE: Ebola virus numbers

The latest Ebola virus disease (EVD) figures of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ministry of Health (MOH) are out and I’ve plotted them below. The important numbers remain Read More …

The proportion of fatal cases (PFC)…

In July 2013 I coined an initialism for Virology Down Under (VDU) to avoid using the term Case Fatality Ratio/Rate/Risk (CFR); the Proportion of Fatal Cases (PFC). IMPORTED POST* I use Read More …

Ebola virus disease numbers from a double-province outbreak

In spectacularly rapid fashion, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has started it’s daily, very detailed, Ebola virus disease updates to cover the case details and Read More …