Listeria and Australian Rock Melons

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 […]

Salmonella enterica Typhimurium Archaeology

A paper published in Lancet Infectious Diseases (behind a paywall) by researchers from the Institut Pasteur and the French National Reference Centre for Escherichia coli, Shigella and Salmonella generated much buzz online among those interested in antimicrobial resistance. They had studied 288 historical (1911-1969) isolates of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium – a zoonotic bacterium that is one of the most common causes of non-typhoidal Salmonella […]

Group B Streptococcus (Singapore) – Update 7, 2017

It has been quite a long wait, but finally, investigators from the Environmental Health Institute (EHI – a part of the National Environment Agency) and the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) have published their work on tracing the source of the unusual ST283 Group B Streptococcus (GBS) that caused the huge raw freshwater fish-associated […]

First Prize (JC/Polytechnic Section): Essay Competition

While the first prize was the JC/Polytechnic section was deservedly awarded to Mstr Fong Khi Yung from Raffles Institution, for his work of futuristic fiction. More by the microscopic than the colossal On some evenings, I walk through the expressionless countryside fields undulating in the wind, gazing up at the crimson heavens and golden sunset […]