Squirming worm infection in foot

A 42-year-old man developed a squirming snake-like lesion on his right foot after a holiday to Nigeria. He went to hospital after

Ebola virus disease

What is Ebola virus disease? Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious, contagious illness caused by infection with a strain


Diphtheria is an infectious disease caused by toxigenic strains of the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheria. Vaccination has eradicated it from Australia,

Travel vaccinations

If you are planning an overseas trip, you should always check whether there are any diseases you should be immunised

Japanese encephalitis

What is Japanese encephalitis? Japanese encephalitis is a viral disease that is spread by a particular type of mosquito. Encephalitis

Dehydration and hot weather

The human body contains a high proportion of water, so when the temperature rises and the body tries to cool

Yellow fever

What is yellow fever? Yellow fever is an illness of varying severity caused by an infection with a type of

Mosquito-borne diseases

Most people have been bitten by a mosquito at some time in their lives. Usually this causes no more than

Jet lag: how to avoid it

What is jet lag? Spending a few hours travelling by air across several time zones can make you feel low,

Malaria overview

Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal, disease that is caused by a parasitic infection of the red blood cells. There

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