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Bubonic Plague

The bubonic plague is a zoonotic disease affecting rodents and transmitted by fleas from rodents to other animals and to humans. Direct person-to-person transmission does not occur except in the case of pneumonic plague, when respiratory droplets may transfer the infection from the patient to others in close contact. link Patients develop sudden onset of […]

Travelling to Australia this summer?

Travel restrictions You can only travel to Australia if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia. Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia will need to have an […]

Travelling to NZ this summer?

The New Zealand border is closed ! The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers wanting to travel to New Zealand by either air or sea. link There are some exceptions to the closure There are two reasons why you might be allowed to travel and enter NZ while the border is […]

Travelling to the USA this summer?

With specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States. For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the relevant proclamations in the links below. link. Entry into the US is restricted for those travelling from Ireland, the UK, Schengen […]

Travelling to Europe this summer?

The information below is accurate at the time of writing. Albania Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. The Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and nationals are eligible to board these outbound flights to the EU at this time. This restriction does not apply to passengers traveling to Serbia or […]

Dexamethasone & COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it welcomes the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom which indicates that dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19.  Dexamethasone is a steroid-based medication which works by suppressing the immune system, which has been in existence since the 1960s. […]

Chikungunya Outbreaks

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease that causes fever and severe joint pain. The disease was first recognized in 1952 during an outbreak in southern Tanzania. It is a ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus that belongs to the alphavirus genus of the family Togaviridae. The name “chikungunya” derives from a word in the Kimakonde language of […]

Food Allergens

See our recently added Useful Information section in our home page or click the link here to see our page on Food Allergens Overview Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms such as digestive […]

Calquence by AstraZeneca the new COVID-19 Vaccine?

AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) are a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business and their innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.link Pascal Soriot, the CEO of AZN,  announced that the company wasn’t going to wait for clinical results, which it expected to have in August, and have already started manufacturing their experimental COVID-19 vaccine named Calquence […]

COVID-19 Live Dashboard

Click the link to see the COVID-19 dashboard presented by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University here Click the link to see the latest information from the World Health Organization on the COVID-19 pandemic here

The Hypodermic Needle

This day in 1801 the inventor of the hypodermic needle, Francis Rynd, was born in Dublin, Ireland into a privileged family. He entered the prestigious Trinity College to study medicine at the age of 16 and then interned in the charitable Meath Hospital who looked after the poor of Dublin, where he worked free of […]

Ebola Outbreak

The World Health Organization has just announced that an outbreak has been detected northwest of Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Équateur province. This comes at a particularly difficult time in the Congo as it has just come to the end of a long outbreak in the eastern part of the county. The country […]

COVID-19 Vaccination?

Sinovac Biotech, a Chinese biopharmaceutical company has said that it is 99% sure that their COVID-19 vaccine will work. Sinovac Biotech published results of the vaccine named CoronaVac in the academic journal Science last month that protected monkeys from infection by the coronavirus. In April the company reached Stage 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine trial […]

Lyme Disease – Vaccination on its way?

Lyme Disease (Lyme Borreliosis) is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks. The infection was first known as “Lyme arthritis” after a cluster of cases were appeared in Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA in the late 1970s. This is now the most common tick-borne disease in the USA and Europe. Research shows […]

The immune system

What is an immune system? How does the body fight infection? When germs, such as bacteria or viruses, invade the body, they attack and proliferate. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes illness. The immune system uses several tools to fight infection. Blood contains red blood cells, for carrying oxygen to tissues and organs, […]