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Penicillin: World War II infections and Howard Florey

Howard Florey is celebrated for his major contributions to the large-scale production of the fungal product, penicillin, during World War II (WWII), leading to life-saving outcomes for many more than those with war wounds.

Ian Gust     16-Jun-2014
Impact of the 1918–19 influenza pandemic on the New Zealand Military and persisting lessons for pandemic control

We aimed to briefly review literature on the impact of the 1918–19 influenza pandemic on New Zealand's military forces in the First World War. Collectively, this work identified established risk factors, for example, relating to age, pre-existing chronic conditions, a relatively short time from enlistment to foreign service, and crowded conditions (e.g. in military camps and on a troop ship). But novel risk factors were also identified, e.g. larger chest size and relatively early year of military deployment. The historical experience als...

Nick Wilson, Jennifer Summers and Michael G Baker     16-Jun-2014
The Gallipoli gallop: dealing with dysentery on the ‘fringes of hell’

The Gallipoli campaign is a well recorded piece of New Zealand history, particularly remembered every year on ANZAC Day. Dealing with the seemingly hopeless task of facing an enemy in well entrenched positions on higher ground was made even more challenging by the appalling conditions the soldiers had to face in terms of addressing basic survival needs and dealing with infections. A particularly burdensome part of the latter was dysentery.

Steve Flint, Glyn Harper and Nick Wilson     16-Jun-2014
Influenza

Influenza virus infection has probably shaped human populations for centuries, if not millennia. Novel influenza viruses formed by genetic reassortment of avian and mammalian viruses emerge sporadically and, if they have the necessary infectivity and transmissibility in humans, spread rapidly around the globe causing a pandemic. While mortality and morbidity varied widely between the pandemics of the last century, the loss of an estimated 50million lives in the most devastating pandemic of 1918–1919 has had a lasting global impact. Here ...

John S. Mackenzie, Anne Kelso and Alan W. Hampson     24-Jul-2014
Early developments in New Zealand Microbiology

The inception of Microbiology in New Zealand was, as elsewhere, strongly linked to the investigation of infectious diseases in humans. However, since the country's economy has always been firmly based on primary industries, the need to maintain animal and plant health was also a powerful early influence.

John Tagg, Frank Austin, Terry Maguire and Sandy Smith     01-Jul-2014


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