Anthony Ansford

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OBJECTIVE To describe the clinical and epidemiological features of an outbreak of a viral infection affecting humans and horses. SETTING Stables in Hendra, a suburb of Brisbane. SUBJECTS Affected horses and humans, and at-risk human contacts. RESULTS A pregnant mare died two days after arrival from a paddock elsewhere in Brisbane. Eight to 11 days(More)
AIM To study the pathology of two cases of human Hendra virus infection, one with no clinical encephalitis and one with relapsing encephalitis. METHODS Autopsy tissues were investigated by light microscopy, immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. RESULTS In the patient with acute pulmonary syndrome but not clinical acute encephalitis, vasculitis(More)
An investigation by a Naval Board of Inquiry into the circumstances of a fatal naval diving accident is presented. Although drowning contributed to the fatal outcome, massive arterial gas embolism is thought to have been the principal cause of death, and the value of post-mortem computed tomography scanning for its detection is demonstrated. The possibility(More)
Patterns of accidental poisoning in children are changing dramatically. A five year population study (1977-81) was undertaken in urban children from Brisbane (population 1 000 000). A total of 2098 children were poisoned during this period with only one fatality, which represents a dramatic reduction in mortality. Over the past 15 years (1968-82) 13(More)
A case of fatal poisoning due to the presumed ingestion of leaves and/or fruit of the yellow oleander (Thevetia peruviana) is described. The diagnosis was confirmed by radioimmunoassay using antibodies of differential specificity towards cardiac glycosides. Attention is drawn to the potential usefulness of digoxin assay in suspected cases of oleander(More)
Cytogenetic studies have been performed on 1,000 amniotic fluid specimens referred for prenatal diagnosis. Two-thirds of the patients had strong clinical indications for prenatal chromosome studies and the remaining one-third were referred because of maternal anxiety or a family history of neural tube defect. A total of 18 affected fetuses were detected in(More)
An analysis of the pathology reports of cancer at the Central Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands from 1970 to 1982 revealed that skin cancer, lymphohaemopoietic malignancy, cancer of the digestive organs and oral cancer were the most common cancers in males, and that cancer of the genito-urinary organs, skin cancer, breast cancer and lymphohaemopoietic(More)