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)
Q fever is a common zoonosis worldwide. Awareness of the disease and newer diagnostic modalities have resulted in increasing recognition of unusual manifestations. We report 3 cases of Q fever osteomyelitis in children and review the literature on 11 other reported cases. The cases demonstrate that Coxiella burnetii can cause granulomatous osteomyelitis(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)
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)
It is over 50 years since a syndrome of congenital abnormalities following maternal rubella infection was first recognised. Despite the potentially devastating effects of the congenital rubella syndrome, immunisation rates are not optimal and infections in pregnancy still occur. Four cases of rubella infection occurring in pregnancy are presented.(More)
BACKGROUND Two proven nosocomial cases of Legionella pneumonia occurred at the Wesley Hospital (Brisbane, Australia) in May 2013. To trace the epidemiology of these cases, whole genome sequence analysis was performed on Legionella pneumophila isolates from the infected patients, prospective isolates collected from the hospital water distribution system(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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