Some thoughts on the origin of the SARS-COV-2 virus. I understand that this field of knowledge is changing continuously and if anything in here is outdated or if there have been any new breakthroughs, please leave a comment and share with me!
Some thoughts on the COVID-19 mortality, which seems to be on the decline in India as of the last six weeks or so.
Some of my thoughts on an interesting pre-print which discusses the heterogeneity of infection transmission efficiency across different groups of people.
Convalescent Plasma in COVID-19: The Dutch ConCOVID Randomized Controlled Trial Halted for Re-design
The Dutch CONCOVID Trial intended to look at the effect of convalescent plasma therapy on mortality in COVID-19 patients. It has recently been halted after recruiting only about a fifth of its calculated sample size after some very unexpected results were observed. These are my quick thoughts on the matter!
COVID-19 has had a slow growth in various African countries. I look at the reported numbers and it seems that although the epidemiological proportions are in agreement with the global numbers, the low rate of testing is perhaps contributing to the lower number of reported cases.
India enters a small group of nations which have tested over 1 million samples for COVID-19. Some reflections on the scale of the success and what it entails.
A modeling paper discussing the impact of lock down has been virally transmitted on WhatsApp. In this post, I outline why I disagree with the core findings and assumptions of the model.
My reflections on why we need to mount a community-owned action plan to combat COVID-19 and how it will be detrimental to depend on our secondary and tertiary care hospitals to fight the COVID-19 battle.
A quick summary of the policy steps taken by various countries to contain or mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.
A brief summary of the infectious disease outbreaks reported from the state of Kerala between May 2018 and May 2019 by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program of India. Despite the perception that the Infectious Disease challenge has been adequately met in India, the threat of outbreaks remain.
A recent editorial in PLOS NTDs has declared that the journal will launch a specially focussed section on enteric infections and enteric dysfunction. The editorial emphasizes the importance of working in this […]
This study has been popping up all over the AMR radar for me for the past week; so, when I was stuck in traffic today, I decided to sit down and give […]
A short argument for developing appropriate, sensitive, nation-wide surveillance networks to address the problem of under-reporting of cholera.
My reflections on the proceedings of the 3rd meeting of the case management work group of the Global Task Force for Cholera Control, which met in Veyrier du Lac, France, in November, 2018. I spoke about the state of community based management of cholera in India.
Study from Private Hospital Chain Reveals High Mortality in Patients with Multi Drug Resistant Infections
My thoughts on a recently published study that looks at the
In the weird news section of the day, comes this one: child falls sick with lethal salmonella infection after consuming rattlesnake pills. Yeah, you got that right. Someone was feeding a child […]
As expected, the news of rising numbers of leptospirosis cases are trickling in from Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, there have been areas which have experienced over 30 inches […]
As the news trickles in about the raging cholera outbreak in Yemen, and an emerging outbreak is being dealt with urgently in North-Eastern Nigeria, we are more frequently being confronted with the […]
A recent publication in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal talks about the factors related to the emergence of zoonotic infections. They have studied Nipah virus infections in man. This is another […]
Comparisons of different rotavirus vaccines are difficult to make with a lot of precision because of the differing populations, protocols, attack rates, and study procedures which have been employed to assess the […]
This post discusses some of the safeguards put in place to ensure the adequate prevention, control and treatment of water-borne diseases in India.
The NEJM has come out with a very interesting paper: Evaluation of Convalescent Plasma for Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea. The explosive outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa last year had […]
I wrote about the disaster-in-the-making discovery of transmissible resistance to colistin, a last resort antibiotic, when the Lancet Infectious Diseases published a paper based on data coming out from surveillance in China. […]
The rising tide of dengue has slowed down in Delhi as the temperatures have started to dip. In the mean time, Mexico has created a ripple by approving the use of Dengvaxia, […]
I have recently started working for the Roadmap to Control Zoonoses in India Initiative at the Public Health Foundation of India. As a part of the research capacity building aspect of the […]
Polymyxins are a group of bacterial origin cyclic polypeptides with antibacterial properties. It was isolated by a Japanese researcher in 1949 from a jar of fermenting bacteria. Colistin, also known as Polymyxin […]
The Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance has published an interesting review article discussing the impact of scale up of drug donations to control neglected helminthiasis in the developing countries through aid-assisted preventive […]
The Derry Journal has reported that several players in the Derry City football team has come down with Mumps. The team boss has said something, according to the news paper report, which […]
A study published in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal has pointed to the fact that there is a possibility that murine typhus, a disease caused by Rickettsia type and typically spread through […]
According to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the dangerous, artemisinin-resistant malaria is clawing at the borders of India and Myanmar. Go to article From the article abstract: Summary Background […]