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 […]

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 […]

I read icddr,b’s (the acronym for the famous International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) blog post recently about their ongoing work on antimicrobial resistance. The work is impressive and very relevant to the situation in that country, and the post also brought back memories of a time 6 years ago when I was in […]

A middle-aged woman from Bangladesh sought treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in Singapore. Her diagnosis was first made in a hospital in Dhaka (the capital of Bangladesh), where she stayed for 10 days prior to her transfer here. She had presented with fever, muscle aches and increasing fatigue, and had received antibiotics for unremitting […]

A young man from Joydepur, Bangladesh who had worked in Singapore for a year presented with fever for 2 weeks associated with weight loss of 5 kg. The main significant finding on clinical examination was an enlarged spleen and liver. A full blood count was done, showing anemia (Hb = 11.3 g/dL) and mild thrombocytopenia […]