Our short letter on a macaque-specific clone of MRSA is now available on the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (paywall). The story is quite an interesting one. Three years ago, one of the macaques used in neurosurgical research at the SingHealth Experimental Medicine Centre (SEMC) developed a wound infection (the monkeys went around with what looked like metal […]

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was first discovered on 2nd October 1960 by Prof Margaret Patricia Jevons at the Public Health Laboratory in Collindale, London, UK. Methicillin (or celbenin as it was also known as then) became available for prescription in 1959, and the conventional narrative has always been that MRSA arose as a consequence of […]

The SGH Department of Microbiology blogger has just uploaded a paper to biorXiv describing our little hobby project with staff and students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Out of 10 beef (Australia, NZ and Brazil) and 20 pork (Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia) samples from various local supermarkets, one MRSA (from a hunk of pork shoulder ostensibly […]

A cross posting from Dr Clarence Tam’s blog, which also offers up many better and more interesting blog pieces for the observation of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, including: The economics of antibiotic resistance by Prof Richard Smith from LSHTM. Penicillin at the petrol shop by Dr Mishal Khan from LSHTM/SSHSPH. Teaching kids about antibiotic resistance […]

Took a truncated hiatus from Zika to attend the 17th International Sympsium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections held at the Nine Tree Convention Centre in Seoul, Korea. It’s a rather quaint and unique conference, centered around one single bacterial genus (but it’s almost all about Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA), held every two years rotating between […]

A late middle-aged man presented with high fever for a day. He had been hospitalized for acute gastroenteritis a week ago, receiving intravenous fluids and oral fluoroquinolones. Clinical examination was unremarkable except for erythema around the previous IV plug site – there were no cardiac murmurs and lung auscultation revealed normal breath sounds. He was […]

I had seen an early prototype of the Microreact website while I was in the UK in 2010 – it is now live here. It is the work of David Aanensen and his team at Imperial College, UK, and was funded by the Wellcome Trust. Simply load up a spreadsheet (with latitude and longitude coordinates) and […]