Paradoxic pandemic: The inexorable spread of hand, foot and mouth disease

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
As researchers describe a new way to make vaccines to fight diseases like foot and mouth disease in animals and polio in humans, we look at a related human viral infection called hand, foot and mouth disease. Recent outbreaks in Cambodia and Vietnam raise the prospect of what is often considered to be an innocuous childhood infection…

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Reservoir Dogs

With Brownie in Solana

The cockerels were exuberantly sounding the alarm, proclaiming the ascent of the Far Eastern sun as though the new day offered potential to every desire in these spiritual lands. Cock-a-doodle-doo!!!! Cock-a-doodle-doo!!!! The other vacationers, which included my English father and Filipino mother with a collage of cousins, uncles and aunties, had voyaged from the polluted megalopolis of Manila to this

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Border Cross

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International borders are meaningless to infectious diseases such as Yellow Fever Date of Event: July 19th 2014 The tatty card with its leaden yellow shade lay submerged under various other travel documents at the bottom of my rugged rucksack, falling within eyeshot as the Impala brought us closer to the border of Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania. Through

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Topics in Infection 2015

The Annual RSTMH Conference ‘Topics in Infection’ happened yesterday in London, and I was lucky enough to join in on the action. At a later date I will write on some of the exciting ongoing work and historical perspectives discussed in yesterday’s meeting, including a surprisingly entertaining talk on Imported Cases of Malaria from Professor Chris Whitty of the London

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My Cushy Pooch

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Her name was Poppy – my first ever pooch whom guided me from my pre-Mexican bandit facial hair days, through to a completely new era in my life, as she bid me her final farewell during my first week of Edinburgh University.  Half German Shepherd – Half Total Fluffpot, my fondest memories of her include her attempt to bite a

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Model Mayhem

Never mind the glorious Victoria Secret types (well….). There are other kinds of wonderful models in this world. StatisticalModels, Public Health Efficacy models and low and behold….Animal Models. Often the target issue of animal right activists against the world of dirty pharma (and rightly so), animal models do and have played an insightful role into how medicines work before giving them a

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A General Analysis of An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of….Erm…

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A general analysis of….An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and Hookwork Eggs in Human Stool. While the game of patience, CV-rewrites, recruitment calls and casual “I’m a solid team-player” line-drops continue – I’ve had a chance to read this bad-boy, along with Animal Farm and a layered spy novel by Ian McEwan (thoroughly enjoyable!). A Bit

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