Dr Moses Yu passed away yesterday morning, 30th December 2015, at the age of 82 years. He was the first locally trained microbiologist in Singapore, heading the Department of Pathology at the Ministry of Health Singapore (the Department was only transferred to Singapore General Hospital in 1989 – a move that met with mixed reception. […]

Just before Christmas, the SGH Diagnostic Bacteriology blogger put up a post on how to isolate Group B streptococcus (GBS) from raw fish samples. SGH Department of Pathology used to have a Food and Water Microbiology Lab, but that was closed several years ago, before the move to the new Academia building. The clinical microbiologists […]

We have finally crossed the midpoint in terms of recorded interviews for the SG50 Project! Thanks to the help of Dr. Vincent Pang from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, we have managed to complete interviews for the following: Dr. Ling Moi Lin – Singapore General Hospital. Dr. Jeffery Cutter – Ministry of Health. Dr. Andrea Kwa […]

Another week has gone by and we have completed filming even more interviews, although still less than half of what we intend for the documentary. The team from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s CampusTV has really performed well and professionally. I would not hesitate to use them for future projects. In the past week, we have interviewed: […]

I came across a short article on Prof Lim Kok Ann today while reading the Straits Times, commemorating the week he became Dean of Medicine at the National University of Singapore in 1965. His signal achievement in medicine is remembered by few in Singapore now, but he was the first to discover and describe the […]

We – as in the Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore), or SIDS for short – have just been awarded a small grant by the SG50 Celebration Fund to carry out our project “Overcoming Infectious Diseases in Singapore: Past, Present and Future“. Singapore is a young nation at the crossroads of Asia and consistently faces the […]

There is currently a bit of buzz about Streptococcus agalactiae (which is also referred to as Group B streptococcus, as it is the only Streptococcus species that belongs to Lancefield Group B), hence I had to update myself about this organism in a hurry. It is a Gram-positive coccus (just like MRSA), usually present as chains of cocci under the […]

Several preceding posts (here, here and here) had described the change in healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA) clones in the local setting, and either the SGH Diagnostic Bacteriology blog or I (or both) will probably write on community-associated MRSA clones in Singapore in the near future. But from a practical point of view, does it really matter […]

A middle-aged woman presented with fever and lethargy, and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) after thorough work-up. She underwent standard induction chemotherapy (IA 3+7) and received fluconazole prophylaxis in view of cost concerns. She developed neutropenic fever 3 days after completion of chemotherapy, and was prescribed IV imipenem after an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Klebsiella […]

Some enterprising microbiologists from the Singapore General Hospital have set up a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DiagnosticBacteriology?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite So far, it seems to mainly highlight the posts from their blog. Hopefully, there will be more independent content soon.