Superbug makes first Aussie appearance
A new, hypervirulent strain ofClostridium difficileis taking hold in Australia, specialists warn, after a man acquired the infection in Melbourne.
In a report published in theMJAthis week, infectious disease specialists describe what is believed to be the first locally acquired case ofC. difficileribotype 027.
The bug has caused substantial morbidity and mortality in the northern hemisphere, but had left Australia unscathed until now, the specialists wrote.
Outbreak of hepatitis: tomatoes blamed
5 April 2011
An investigation into a large hepatitis A outbreak in South Australia has exposed the unlikely perpetrator: semi-dried tomatoes with garlic and herbs in oil.
Communicable disease authorities spotted the increase in cases of hepatitis A occurring without overseas travel after 37 people reported infection with the virus in 2009.
Almost half of the patients were hospitalised before the implicated tomatoes were recalled from public sale, after interviews revealed a common supplier.