On 26th September, the United Nations General Assembly held its first ever High Level Meeting on Ending TB. This is the second UN General Assembly in 2 years to focus on an infectious disease issue, the earlier event being on antimicrobial resistance in 2016. One of the reasons for the meeting was that even though […]

I was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress last Friday, the prime attraction of which was the launch of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI). There was also a subsequent plenary session in the late morning which I was unfortunately unable to attend. Led by Prof Mike Merson, […]

A middle-aged man presented with purulent nasal discharge for 3 months, associated with occasional left-sided facial pain. He had no history of fever or cough, and the only co-morbidity was that of chronic asthma, for which he had been on fluticasone and ventolin inhalers for years. He had seen a number of doctors with no […]

By a curious twist of coincidence, I received two notices of powdered infant formula milk recall due to Cronobacter sakazakii today. The first was from the SGH Microbiology blogger, who forwarded the abstract to a paper published by Chilean scientists in Frontiers in Microbiology last month. Following the June 2017 alert issued by the Chilean Ministry of […]

In 2010, I was invited to Bangladesh for an event relating to antimicrobial resistance organized by ReACT and the INDEPTH Network. There was a field trip to a village that I vividly recalled. We took a several-hour drive to the village in four wheel drives provided by the icddr,b (formerly International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease […]

An article in the Straits Times (reposted from the Washington Post) today caught my eye: British artist Ben Taylor had a piece of work that he had attributed to his infection with Loa loa. He had been unwell for a couple of years following a trip to Gabon in 2013, and had started on a […]

The abovementioned conference was held at the Khanh Hoa Convention Centre (the main auditorium resembles concert theatre) in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The primary organisers were the National Hospital for Infectious Diseases (NHTD), Vietnam Society of Infectious Diseases (VSID), Vietnam Clinical of HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS), Vietnam Society of Parasitology (VSP), Oxford Clinical Research Unit Vietnam (OUCRU), […]