As the number of persons with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and/or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) colonisation or prior infection increases – both among locals and foreigners – there will be inevitably more of such colonised/infected persons that will have medical indications for high risk procedures such as organ or stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The issue at hand is […]

I went with a small group of colleagues to Dili, Timor-Leste, to teach about appropriate antibiotic prescription for common infectious diseases to doctors from municipal hospitals in Dili, Timor-Leste. This seminar was organised by ReAct – an independent global network for concerted action on antimicrobial resistance based out of Uppsala University in Sweden – and […]

Dr. Kathryn Holt from the University of Melbourne published a very important paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences yesterday, using whole genome sequencing to study the population structure as well as virulence and antimicrobial resistance factors of Klebsiella pneumoniae. A total of 288 isolates from 6 countries (Australia, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore,  U.S.A. […]

News about the G-7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany was somewhat overshadowed by the news about the South Korea MERS-CoV outbreak, at least in this part of the world. However, antimicrobial resistance was on the agenda, and can be found in the joint declaration by the leaders of G-7. The Annex to the Declaration can be found […]

A timeline movie of different MRSA clones discovered in Singapore. The movie unfortunately plays rather slowly (just over a minute). More detailed descriptions will be provided in subsequent blog posts.

Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic Gram-positive rod that can colonise the intestines of humans and other animals. It is related to the bacterium that causes tetanus (Clostridium tetani) as well as the bacterium that causes food poisoning and occasionally gas gangrene (Clostridium perfringens). Like all Clostridia, it can form spores, which it does as a survival response […]

This rather interesting paper was brought to my notice earlier, but I could only read it today. Published in PLoS ONE this month by Australian authors using European data, Dr. Peter Collignon and his colleagues showed that the “quality of governance” (measured on a scale of 0-6 based on subjective assessment by experts on each country’s […]