Produced by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Infection & Infectious Diseases

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Avian influenza in humans - an update

Reports of human cases of avian influenza have been reported worldwide, following bird to human transmission. How great is the risk that this virus could mutate further and form the next human flu pandemic? Prof Kwok-yung Yuen reviews the evidence. Read…

Clostridium difficile-associated disease — an increasing burden

Clostridium difficile is a healthcare acquired infection which primarily affects the elderly and can be fatal. In many UK hospitals, levels of this infection have overtaken those of MRSA. In this article Prof Ian Poxton reviews the challenges involved in treating clostridium-difficile. Read…

Drug-resistant malaria and its treatment


Around 1 million children die in Africa every year from malaria. While many reasons are involved, one of the major factors is that malarial-carrying parasites have developed resistance to most of the commonly used anti-malarial drugs. In this article Dr David Bell and Prof Peter Winstanley review efforts to combat drug-resistant malaria. Read…

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