Last week, Singapore experienced its first case of monkeypox in the form of a tourist from Nigeria who developed symptoms only after having spent several days in town. Monkeypox is endemic in west and central Africa, probably maintained in multiple rodent populations with occasional animal-to-human transmission. An excellent review of human cases was published in […]

Measles – a highly contagious viral disease with a characteristic rash – has been in the news of late. The most recent outbreak that made the news was in the Philippines, centering around Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas. There have been at least 87 reported deaths and more than 5,600 cases reported this year, as […]

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 […]