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: […]

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 […]

The Singapore Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (STEP) Registry and TB Contact Clinic used to be based out of a charming (but rickety) old colonial-style bungalow along Moulmein Road. After several months, renovations have been completed.

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.

As the number of persons with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and/or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) colonisation or prior infection increases – both among locals and foreigners – there will be inevitably more of such colonised/infected persons that will have medical indications for high risk procedures such as organ or stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The issue at hand is […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]