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Predictions for the Field of Infectious Diseases for 2015

Predictions for the Field of Infectious Diseases for 2015

John G. Bartlett, MD January 29, 2015
Predictions in this field are particularly dangerous, on the basis of a history that is dense with surprises in nearly all facets of the discipline. For example, Ebola was most everyone's choice for medical story of the year for 2014, but this infection was barely on the radar screen 1 year ago.
The influenza vaccine recommended for the current epidemic was created for the anticipated H1N1 strain, but the influenza now causing widespread disease is largely the H3N2 strain.

Ebola Death Toll Rises to at Least 2,296 - WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the worstEbolaoutbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

The WHO said it had recorded 4,293 cases in five West African countries as of Sept. 6, a day after its previous update. But it still did not have new figures for Liberia, the worst-affected country, suggesting the true toll is already much higher.

The WHO has said it expects thousands of new cases in Liberia in the next three weeks.

Queensland Immunisation rates now online

Media Release
Minister for Health
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

Immunisation rates now online

Data on current rates of immunisation for regions across Queensland will be published on the Government’s health performance website from today.

The measure – a further bid to strengthen public support for vaccination - follows the launch of the Government’s multi-million dollar Queensland Immunisation Strategy last month.Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said adding immunisation rates to the Queensland Health performance website put the issue on public view, beside emergency department and elective surgery wait times.

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We tend to ignore things we cannot see but we do this at our peril!  For instance, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognised as a critical health issue by the World Health Organisation.  Primarily the concern of hospitals, resistant bacterial pathogens are now seen with increasing frequency in the community.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has appointedProf John Turnidgeto lead a program for national surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance and antibiotic usage.

Antibiotics DON'T work...

Ah-Ah-choo!

Did you know that nearly 200 million doses of antibiotics are administered in hospitals to patients and among non-hospitalized patients, more than 130 million courses of antibiotics are prescribed by doctors each year? It is estimated that half of these latter prescriptions are unnecessary since they are being prescribed for colds, coughs and other viral infections*.


In cough and cold season please think CAREFULLY about your antibiotic use!
*NB: taken from the American College of Physicians website, Ref:

Why a Global Effort to Fight Infectious Disease?

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe.

U.S. health officials called the Global Health Security Agenda a priority because too many countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries.

Germs "do not recognize or stop at national borders," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday as representatives from participating countries, the World Health Organization and other groups met to discuss plans.
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