For the past few days, I and many others have been riveted by the match between Google Deepmind’s AlphaGo and Lee Sedol – one of the top 5 Go players in the world (he is variously listed as world champion as well as current world no.2, but it’s not as easy to figure out the […]

It has been a while since I last updated on the local Group B Streptococcus (GBS) outbreak in Singapore that is linked to the consumption of raw bighead carp. The good news is that there has been a dramatic fall in the number of cases of severe GBS after the National Environment Agency (NEA) recommended […]

The South Korean government declared that the MERS outbreak in South Korea is over today, following the release of their final MERS-CoV contact from surveillance. 186 cases, 36 deaths (case fatality rate of 19.4%), 69 long days.

Yesterday evening, in a joint statement issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Agri-Food &Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), the authorities revealed that there had been 238 cases of Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteraemia between 1st January and 30th June this year, compared to 150 cases per year on average for the […]

It has been slightly over a week since my earlier post on the Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) outbreak in Singapore. There have been several initial news reports, and the Ministry of Health released a carefully worded message on 13th July stating that they were investigating the outbreak along with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and […]

It is now 14 days (one incubation period) since the last confirmed case of MERS in South Korea. Samsung Medical Centre is slated to re-open its doors on 20th July, if no further cases pop up. I believe we have seen the last of the outbreak now (finally!), although the South Korean government is negotiating with […]

There is a Facebook/WhatsApp message that has gone viral since yesterday, reporting on a patient at the National University Hospital with Group B Streptococcus septic arthritis and linking this with a rise in other such cases in Singapore, as well as consumption of raw fish from various porridge stalls in hawker centres. The message has […]

A short post with no chart this time – mostly good news. There has been no new MERS-CoV infections in South Korea for the past 5 days, although there are now 35 deaths in 186 patients (case fatality rate of 18.8%) in total. This is the longest stretch without any new cases in South Korea to date. […]

Another two new cases of MERS-CoV infection in South Korea over the past 3 days (up to 5th July 2015), bringing the total to 186. One is a young female doctor from Samsung Medical Centre (Seoul), whereas the last case to date is the wife of a patient who was confirmed positive at Samsung Medical […]

Two new cases in South Korea since the start of July, bringing the total to 184 cases. These cases were confirmed by the Korean government after a brief hiatus of 3 days where no new cases were reported. Both are young nurses at Samsung Medical Centre (Seoul). There are now 33 deaths (case fatality rate of 17.9%), […]