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In outbreaks and other situations, there is a need for reliable rapid communications and for the ability to tap into relevant expertise. This need is not well served by peer-reviewed publications because of the slow turn-around time. At UNSW, we are well placed to provide such a service, as infectious diseases epidemiology is a major area of research strength. We teach major courses and degrees in infectious diseases, and are involved in leading international research in this field. I have started this blog for rapid, topical information on infectious diseases, with a focus on outbreaks, emerging infections, epidemiology, vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. I am committed to responsible blogging, which means all posts are by people qualified to write about the particular topic, or that blogs will be reviewed by relevant experts where required. All contributions are welcome, and will be reviewed/moderated. Comments on blogs are moderated.

Professor Raina MacIntyre


The risk of selective investment in downstream pandemic planning

Editorials and Commentaries Author: Raina MacIntyre  Keywords: pandemics ,   epidemics ,   Ebola ,   DURC ,   smallpox ,   preparedness ,   disaster   Abstract There has been an increase in… more

The explosion at Vector: hoping for the best while preparing for the worst

Editorials and Commentaries Authors: C Raina MacIntyre , Con Doolan, Charitha De SIlva Keywords: Vector ,   BSL4 ,   laboratory ,   Russia ,   Siberia ,   Koltsovo ,   smallpox ,   variola ,   … more

Why the DRC Ebola outbreak was declared a global emergency and why it matters

Why the DRC Ebola outbreak was declared a global emergency and why it matters shutterstock. C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW and Obijiofor Aginam, United Nations… more

Reducing the scope for prevention of pneumococcal disease in older adults?

Pneumococcal infection is the commonest cause of community acquired pneumonia, and there are effective vaccines to protect against it. It can also cause septicaemia and meningitis, and can result in… more

Measles, measles everywhere and not an end in sight

Professor Raina MacIntyre February 8th 2019   Three years ago, I wrote that measles won’t be going away in a hurry. This is an update of that blog.  Currently we have a large epidemic in the… more

Smallpox today - tapping the knowledge of Dr Mike Lane, former CDC Director of Smallpox Eradication

By Raina MacIntyre November 22nd 2017   Eradicated in 1980, smallpox is listed as a category A bioterrorism agent and remains a focus for planning and preparedness globally. In most of the decades… more

“Just, Wash ‘em!”

  By Kathryn Lim 20 October 2017  “Just, Wash ‘em!” – YouTube and Hand Hygiene Promotion: Entertainment, Education or Entertainment-Education? Hand hygiene and its contribution to helping prevent… more

What does the word ‘superbug’ mean to you?

By Sophie Newsome, 12 October 2017. Superbugs and storytelling: how do we get the message across about antimicrobial resistance? It’s a media buzzword relating to one of the world’s critical… more

How bad IS the flu in 2017 in Australia?

  Aye Moa and Raina MacIntyre 25 September 2017, updated 1 November 2017   Influenza has been documented since January (inter-seasonal period), with the season beginning in May and a rapid rise… more