Jennifer M J Robson

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Australia has 4 rickettsial diseases: murine typhus, Queensland tick typhus, Flinders Island spotted fever, and scrub typhus. We describe 7 cases of a rickettsiosis with an acute onset and symptoms of fever (100%), headache (71%), arthralgia (43%), myalgia (43%), cough (43%), maculopapular/petechial rash (43%), nausea (29%), pharyngitis (29%),(More)
An obligately anaerobic, fastidious, slowly growing, spiral, gram-negative bacterium was isolated from the blood of a 75-year-old man with acute onset of pyrexia. The patient responded rapidly to appropriate antibiotic therapy. Extensive investigation failed to detect a focus for the infection. Phenotypically, the organism was consistent with Desulfovibrio(More)
INTRODUCTION Population screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) halves the associated mortality and has led to the establishment of national screening programmes. Prediction of aneurysm growth and rupture is challenging and currently relies on serial diameter measurements with ultrasound. Recently, a novel MRI-based technique using ultrasmall(More)
We report the draft genome sequences of two unrelated cases of Escherichia coli sequence type 131 (ST131) possessing the carbapenemase gene blaIMP-4. The E. coli ST131 SN5 isolate also possessed blaSHV-12 and plasmid-mediated quinolone-resistance genes. Wider dissemination of blaIMP-4 may occur due to the blaIMP-4-carrying L/M or HI2 plasmids among E. coli(More)
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are an important cause of morbidity and, when ruptured, are associated with >80% mortality. Current management decisions are based on assessment of aneurysm diameter by abdominal ultrasound. However, AAA growth is non-linear and rupture can occur at small diameters or may never occur in those with large AAAs. There is a(More)
Remember to consider serious yet treatable diseases, such as malaria STUDIES SHOW that almost 50% of travellers returning to Europe and North America from the tropics experience health problems related to their travel, and that 8% consult doctors either abroad or on return. 1 Figures are not available for Australian travellers but are probably similar. The(More)
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