The Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium) has been organizing annual colloquia since 1959. This year’s colloquium was on antibiotic resistance, and was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 5th to 7th December. I was fortunate enough to be invited for the event, which featured speakers from the ITM (naturally) as well as regional and […]

I managed to attend part of this very well attended symposium which was held on 13th July at University Town. It was organized by my Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health colleague Dr. Vincent Pang and his CIDER team, along with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). There were prominent speakers from […]

The Kerala state government declared that the Nipah virus outbreak in the Kozhikode and Malappuram districts had ended on 1st July. There were a total of 18 confirmed cases and 17 deaths according to the World Health Organization website, and the last case had been reported on 31 May 2018. There is already a Bollywood-style […]

Recent outbreaks in Singapore made me wonder whether there is a paradigm for an effective way of communicating an outbreak (a subset of risk communication) to healthcare professionals and the general public. This is perhaps especially relevant in the context of the current focus on fake news. The ubiquity of social media and messaging platforms […]

Lassa fever is a zoonotic viral haemorrhagic fever that is endemic to West Africa. It is caused by the Lassa virus, which is named after a small town in Nigeria where the virus was first discovered in 1969 (although the disease has been around far longer than that). The story of that discovery is present […]

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) had released a press statement yesterday regarding the recall of rock melons (cantaloupes) from an Australian farm implicated in a nation-wide outbreak of listeriosis. There were apparently two consignments shipped to Singapore, available for sale at Sheng Siong supermarket outlets and wet markets between 12 February and […]

A personal and primarily local look back at the year. What are the major infectious diseases events in modern Singapore in 2017? Outbreaks The World Health Organization (WHO) has a list of outbreaks by year on its website, and the 2017 list is depressingly long. There are the usual “suspects” like cholera (Africa) and diphtheria […]