Infections and infestations

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Scarlet fever cases surge to more than twice seasonal average

Fever in adults - red flag symptoms

GPs urged to step up MMR vaccination as measles outbreaks spread

GP flu jab uptake soars as primary care prepares for tough winter

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...

Bacterial infections

NICE provides advice on diagnosing Lyme disease

NICE provides advice on diagnosing Lyme disease

GPs should consider Lyme disease in patients presenting with flu-like symptoms alongside...

Exclusive: GPs alter prescribing habits to beat antibiotic resistance

Exclusive: GPs alter prescribing habits to beat antibiotic resistance

GPs have reduced prescribing of most antibacterial drugs that experts say should...

RCGP backs WHO antibiotic priority list to fight resistance

RCGP backs WHO antibiotic priority list to fight resistance

The RCGP has backed a World Health Organisation (WHO) system to restrict the use...

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.

HIV

Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy

Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy

History and examination will help to diagnose a potentially serious condition.

GP practices to offer all new patients HIV test in bid to catch disease earlier

GP practices to offer all new patients HIV test in bid to catch disease earlier

A pilot scheme in Coventry will see every patient registering at one of 10 practices...

HIV and black Africans in the UK

HIV and black Africans in the UK

Dr Iain Reeves and Dr Richard Ma discuss the role of HIV testing in black Africans...

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Immunisation

GP meningitis vaccine drive reaches just one in three patients

GP meningitis vaccine drive reaches just one in three patients

Just one in three eligible patients took up the offer of a MenACWY jab in a GP meningitis...

GPs should 'opportunistically' offer HPV vaccine to gay men under 45

GPs should 'opportunistically' offer HPV vaccine to gay men under 45

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced that routine...

GPs urged to drive up pertussis vaccine coverage as infant deaths confirmed

GPs urged to drive up pertussis vaccine coverage as infant deaths confirmed

GPs should aim to vaccinate more pregnant women against pertussis to protect newborns,...

Malaria

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...

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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

GPs 'removed from supply chain' of hepatitis B vaccine

GPs 'removed from supply chain' of hepatitis B vaccine

The GPC has advised GPs to refer patients to other providers to receive the hepatitis...

Zika cases in UK travellers triple in a month as 100 new cases confirmed

Zika cases in UK travellers triple in a month as 100 new cases confirmed

UK GPs encountered an unprecedented number of Zika virus cases over the past few...

66 UK patients diagnosed with Zika virus after travelling to affected areas

66 UK patients diagnosed with Zika virus after travelling to affected areas

A total of 66 cases of Zika virus infection have been identified in UK travellers...

Influenza

Government advisers back adjuvanted flu vaccine for over 65s from 2018

Government advisers back adjuvanted flu vaccine for over 65s from 2018

Government advisers have concluded that adjuvanted flu vaccines are clinically more...

Can GPs help the UK avoid a serious flu crisis this winter?

Can GPs help the UK avoid a serious flu crisis this winter?

GPs have been told to expect a bad flu season this winter after Australia faced one...

How could an adjuvanted vaccine help GPs tackle flu?

How could an adjuvanted vaccine help GPs tackle flu?

UK GPs will be able to order an adjuvanted flu vaccine for the first time in 2018,...

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