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 useing 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 …

A second outbreak of an ebolavirus in the DRC

The Ministry of Health, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has confirmed 4 new ebolavirus cases in a new location. Earlier there had been reports of 26 cases of Read More …

Influenza vaccines do have an effect and we need to do more to understand it

Sometimes it’s hard to convey complex issues in a short-form article written for a general public audience. Other times, stories start off with an overly-simplified title they never recover from. Occasionally they lack any Read More …

Yes, there were signs that Ebola was in west Africa, perhaps as far back as 1973

If a bat carries the Ebola virus or something related in the forest, people find signs of infection in humans, publish it and read about it, but no-one remembers, does Read More …

The hardcore anti-vaxxer and you

Below is a scenario I recently encountered which was very familiar to me. Boringly so. I’ve tried to put some words around it in case recognising the flow and patterns Read More …

Parechovirus on the brain

Two recent papers have added to growing recognition that long-term neurological outcomes can follow severe parechovirus (HPeV) infection of the central nervous system (CNS), in the very young.[1,2] The first Read More …

Queensland influenza keeping it cool….

This week’s influenza (flu) data from Queensland’s Department of Health suggest that the virus is toying with Queenslanders – and much of Australia – this season. The total number of Read More …