A teenaged girl presented with high fever (up to 40 degrees Celsius), headache, and a dry cough for 4 days. She did not have prior symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection such as sore throat or runny nose. None of her friends or family members were recently ill, and she has not traveled out of […]

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 […]

This is written as a closure (for now) for the previous influenza articles (here and here), which reported on the influenza A(H3N2) epidemic in the U.S.A and the similar high proportion of influenza A(H3N2) among the Singapore influenza isolates that were typed. Various indicators suggest that the epidemic in the U.S.A. is coming to an […]

The Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore) has organised an annual infectious diseases clinical practice update for ID trainees and GPs/family medicine trainees for years. These practice updates are invariably organised by the trainees themselves, who have the liberty therefore to set the topics and invite the local consultants they would like to listen to. Somehow, I […]

The second day of the conference was well attended and went well. It started with an early opening ceremony, graced by the President of the National University of Singapore Prof. Tan Chor Chuan, as well as Mdm. Kay Kuok, who is the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Courage Fund (the main sponsor […]

A plug for the 1st International Meeting on Respiratory Pathogens, held at the Furama Hotel Waterfront in Singapore from 2nd to 4th September 2015. The conference website, with more meeting and registration details, and abstract datelines, is here. The meeting is organised by the International Society of Influenza and Respiratory Viruses (ISIRV).

There are a large number of news reports on the flu season in USA currently, including this fairly comprehensive one from CNN, after the statistics for  mortality from pneumonia and influenza in the USA crossed 6.8% (the epidemic threshold) on Week 51 of 2014. There have been 15 paediatric deaths to date (as of 20th […]