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Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases, with the potential to be extremely severe. In 2017, measles caused close to 110,000 deaths. WHO report that measles cases are up 300% in the first 3 months of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018. Measles cases have reached their highest level in Europe for 20 years, it is the cause of a health emergency being declared in New York City this year, and New Zealand reported on 7th May the highest number of measles cases in the country (42 confirmed in Auckland with a further 40 in quarantine). Australia has also had outbreaks in NSW and the Northern Territory. So what is going on with this disease?

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Co-hosted by Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology - Public Health (CIDM-PH), Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) and Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbioloby Laboratory Services - NSW Health Pathology (CIDMLS), this symposium is aimed at researchers, clinicians and students looking to learn more about the innovations and challenges in infection control.   Event details

The workshop will present an introduction to: spatial data formats, representation, and pattern analysis with application to disease surveillance and evaluation. There will be special focus on the use of R software as both a GIS and an analytical tool. Event details

With support of our Conference Partners, the University of Sydney are hosting the first international conference on global health security in Sydney, 18-20 June 2019 - registrations are now open.  Event details

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Articles

23 May 2019

The elephant–livestock interface modulates anthrax suitability in India

Anthrax is a potentially life-threatening bacterial disease that can spread between wild and livestock animals and humans. Transmission typically occurs indirectly via environmental exposure, with devastating consequences for human and animal health, as well as pastoralist economies. 

06 May 2019

Zoonoses Node Spatial Analytics Workshop

The Zoonoses Node of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity invites participants to a 2-day spatial analytics workshop.

The workshop will present an introduction to: spatial data formats, representation, and pattern analysis with application to disease surveillance and evaluation. There will be special focus on the use of R software as both a GIS and an analytical tool.

01 May 2019

Next-generation specialists in drug-resistant TB meet in Sydney

A total of 25 experts were equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills, including practical problem-solving, diplomacy and cultural competencies to ensure delivery of high quality support and constructive communication at all levels within the TB programme and government in line with WHO standards.  With MBI's Co-Director Prof Ben Marais as lead facilitator, the March 2019 workshop was co-hosted by the Centre for Research Excellence in TB (TB-CRE) of the Centenary Institute, University of Sydney. 

01 May 2019

ICIC: innovation and challenges in infection control

Co-hosted by Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology - Public Health (CIDM-PH), Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) and Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbioloby Laboratory Services - NSW Health Pathology (CIDMLS), this symposium is aimed at researchers, clinicians and students looking to learn more about the innovations and challenges in infection control.

26 March 2019

Global Health Security Conference

With support of our Conference Partners, the University of Sydney are hosting the first international conference on global health security in Sydney, 18-20 June 2019 - registrations are now open 

26 March 2019

Video-Reflexive Ethnography in Health Research and Healthcare Improvement: Theory and Application

This methodology has enjoyed increasing popularity among researchers internationally and has been inspired by developments across a range of disciplines: ethnography, visual and applied anthropology, medical sociology, health services research, medical and nursing education, adult education, community development, and qualitative research ethics.

20 March 2019

MBI and FAO United Nations to collaborate to combat emerging infectious diseases

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) have joined hands to combat the threat of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases by increasing capacity in outbreak investigation and disease surveillance. 

Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis: Timor-Leste Health Project

Partnering with the Rotary Club of Sydney since 2012, Professor Peter McMinn and his team from the University of Sydney took on the project aimed at eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and to substantially reduce the incidence of intestinal worms in children.

The country is on the right track to eliminate LF by 2020.  There has been a nationwide reduction in the prevalence of worm infection of 63% in school-aged children.  High intensity infections have been virtually eliminated from the Timorese population and results suggest that full elimination of such infection is achievable over the remainder of the program.