Infections and infestations

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Ebola virus: public health officials urged GPs to be on the lookout for the disease (Photo: SPL)

GPs warned to 'remain vigilant' for Ebola symptoms

Hepatitis C virus: hospital admissions and deaths are rising (Photo: SPL)

Rising hepatitis C deaths prompt call for GP awareness training

Women will continue to be vaccinated against whooping cough (Photo: PR Week)

Whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women extended

The Fluenz vaccine was offered to two- and three-year-olds for the first time in 2013/14 (Photo: SPL)

GPs given template letters for expanded flu vaccine programme

Amoebic and parasitic infestations

Tapeworm infestation in a returned traveller

Tapeworm infestation in a returned traveller

Dr Ravi Ramanathan discusses a case of tapeworm infestation contracted by a patient...

Red flag symptoms - Dyspepsia

Red flag symptoms - Dyspepsia

How to rule out the sinister causes, such as ulceration and malignancy. By Dr Pipin...

Bacterial infections

GPs warned to 'get tough' on antibiotic prescribing

GPs warned to 'get tough' on antibiotic prescribing

GPs must 'get tough' and refuse antibiotics to patients who don't urgently need them...

Scarlet fever cases fall but GPs urged to remain vigilant

Scarlet fever cases fall but GPs urged to remain vigilant

New cases of scarlet fever fell last week as the outbreak across the UK begins to...

Improve rapid diagnostics to support GP antibiotic prescribing, experts say

Improve rapid diagnostics to support GP antibiotic prescribing, experts say

GPs need better access to rapid diagnostic services if they are to reduce antibiotic...

More bacterial infections articles

Fungal infections

The Basics - Vaginal discharge

The Basics - Vaginal discharge

It is important to establish the cause of this common symptom, explains Dr Louise...

Public Health - Recognising zoonoses

Public Health - Recognising zoonoses

Animals can pass on infections harmful to humans. Barry Hill explains the routes...

Pictorial Case Study - Onychogryphosis

Pictorial Case Study - Onychogryphosis

A man comes in with thickened toe nails.

Immunisation

Travelling football fans urged to visit GP ahead of World Cup in Brazil

Travelling football fans urged to visit GP ahead of World Cup in Brazil
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Football fans planning to visit Brazil for the FIFA World Cup have been urged to...

Recognising dengue fever: clinical features, diagnosis and treatment

Recognising dengue fever: clinical features, diagnosis and treatment

Dengue is widespread in Brazil. Ahead of the Football World Cup 2014, Dr Mike Townend...

Immunisation: What to recommend for travel vaccinations

Immunisation: What to recommend for travel vaccinations

Dr Mike Townend discusses the most important vaccinations including tetanus, poliomyelitis...

Organ transplantation

Expert Opinion - Cross blood group transplants

Blood group incompatible kidney transplants can be carried out. Mr Nizam Mamode explains...

Tuberculosis

Clinical images: Bacterial infections

Clinical images: Bacterial infections

Dr Philip Marazzi outlines some common and interesting bacterial presentations.

Recognise and manage leprosy

Recognise and manage leprosy

The long-term complications of leprosy may be seen in the GP surgery. By dermatologist...

Evidence base: Pulmonary tuberculosis

Evidence base: Pulmonary tuberculosis

A summary of the evidence base for the management of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Viral infections

Chickenpox (varicella zoster) - Clinical Review

Chickenpox (varicella zoster) - Clinical Review

Chickenpox (varicella zoster) is a highly contagious viral illness that occurs mainly...

Shingles jab programme extended to 300,000 more patients

Shingles jab programme extended to 300,000 more patients

The national shingles immunisation programme will be extended to thousands more elderly...

Flu jab cuts diabetes deaths by 30%

Flu jab cuts diabetes deaths by 30%

Patients with type 2 diabetes who receive the flu vaccine are less likely to be hospitalised...

Influenza

Seasonal influenza - Clinical review

Seasonal influenza - Clinical review

The 2013/14 flu season is here. Consultant in respiratory and intensive care medicine,...

Viewpoint - Should HCAs administer the influenza vaccine?

Viewpoint - Should HCAs administer the influenza vaccine?

Dr Paula Varma tested a system where HCAs administer seasonal flu jabs.

Viewpoint - Influenza A H1N1: past and future

Viewpoint - Influenza A H1N1: past and future

Professor John Oxford reflects on how this Darwinian virus came to dominate the 2010/11...

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