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 […]

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. […]

A major highlight of working on the Singapore MRSA evolution and competition study was obtaining the very old MRSA isolates from the 1980’s and 1990’s. One of the biggest issues in the Singapore clinical microbiology scene – to me – is the loss of historical isolates (and the lack of any attempts to correct this to […]