Rapid HTLV-1 associated disease onset: age and infective dermatitis in Bahia, Brazil

The Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1) retrovirus infects an estimated 5 to 10 million people worldwide. Infection results in carriage of the virus but about 90% of carriers don’t Read More …

Reporting flu – tell the story don’t create fear…

“Flu cases jump by 256% in just five years” screams a newspaper headline from the Daily Mercury, a paywalled News Corp publication. It sure seems like scary stuff doesn’t it? Read More …

Ebola virus disease and the game-changing vaccine….

As the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) looks to be under control, how much the vaccine has helped remains an unanswered question. But Read More …

Flu vaccination and effective communication…

A brief article about influenza (flu) vaccination appeared in the Conversation on Tuesday night. The piece, entitled “The flu vaccine is being oversold – it’s not that effective“, states that we Read More …

The forgotten benefits of the flu vaccine…

A…surprising…article about influenza (flu) vaccination appeared in the Conversation today. The piece, entitled “The flu vaccine is being oversold – it’s not that effective“, tells us that we are being given Read More …

Suspected cases of Ebola virus disease rise and fall while confirmed cases add up but slow down….

Those closely watching the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak  – or any outbreak – will have noticed that some of the daily numbers go up and down very quickly. This Read More …

SNAPDATE: Ebola virus disease numbers to 24MAY2018

The latest numbers from the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are in. They show a small rise in cases and in confirmed infections. This week Read More …

HTLV-1 in Australia: Don’t test, don’t find, can’t understand

UPDATES: #1 The presence of HTLV-1 in Australian Aboriginal people is not new and it has not been hidden from those best suited to do something constructive to contain its Read More …

What’s new Influ2day…?

Annoying things I read in the Australian online news media today… Not too late to get the flu shot. No. It sure isn’t. I was…surprised to read this since the flu Read More …

Mapping Ebola in the hobbyist zone…

One of the most important parts of an early understanding of the risks attached to an infectious disease outbreak is knowing where it is. Which country? What part of the Read More …