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Christmas infectious diseases and ‘bush biteys’

With border restrictions easing, travel within Australia at Christmas will be popular. We cannot predict COVID transmission, but vigilance and ongoing community engagement will hopefully control outbreaks. It is interesting that widespread hand hygiene and social distancing have reduced other respiratory viruses and gastroenteritis presentations to extremely low levels.... Read More...

Demystifying the mildly abnormal FBC

Abnormal results on a full blood count (FBC) can cause significant angst. Yet, there is no such thing as a ‘normal range’. Reference ranges are derived from thousands of samples taken from healthy people. They vary with ethnicity, gender and age. The reference range is the middle 95% (two standard deviations from the mean) thus excluding the top and bottom 2.5% of healthy people.... Read More...