Osteomyelitis

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Introduction Osteomyelitis refers to infection of the bone and/or bone marrow. It can occur in both adults and children but is more common in the latter. It is commonly caused…

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Q fever

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Introduction Q fever is an infectious disease usually acquired from working in close quarters with live animals. It is caused by the Gram-negative bacterium¬†Coxiella burnetii.¬† It was named "q" (for…

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Rabies

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Organism Viral zoonosis RNA rhabdovirus Incubation: 9-90 days   Transmission Spread by bites from infected mammals (saliva) Risk of transmission when bitten by rabid animal is <50% Epidemiology Dogs (+wolves…

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Recurrent Cough

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Recurrent Cough This is a very common complain for children. Common causes include: Asthma ‚Äď the most common cause of childhood cough. Typically symptoms (such as wheeze and breathlessness may…

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Respiratory Infections

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General Overview Respiratory disorders in children are extremely common. The incidence generally decline with age, such that in middle teenage years, they are rare. Children <5 will have on average…

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Ross River Virus

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Introduction Ross River virus is a virus that causes an infectious disease known as Ross River Fever¬†(aka endemic polyarthritis).¬†It is¬†spread by mosquitos, seen throughout Australia, most commonly in Queensland, as…

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Rubella (German Measles)

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Introduction Most common in winter/spring Generally not very severe in children Can causes severe fetal development problems if contracted by a pregnant woman. Spontaneous abortion occurs in 20% of cases…

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Schistosomiasis

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Introduction Schistomiasis, also known as Bilharziasis is a disease caused by parasitic flatworms which infect the urinary tract or intestinal tract. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, including…

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