Melanie M. Taylor

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OBJECTIVE We sought to evaluate the relationship between onchocerciasis prevalence and that of epilepsy using available data collected at community level. DESIGN We conducted a systematic review and meta-regression of available data. DATA SOURCES Electronic and paper records on subject area ever produced up to February 2008. REVIEW METHODS We searched(More)
SSc is a chronic progressive disorder of unknown aetiology characterized by excess synthesis and deposition of collagen and other extracellular matrix components in a variety of tissues and organs. Localized scleroderma (LS) differs from SSc in that with LS only skin and occasionally subcutaneous tissues are involved. Although rarely life threatening, LS(More)
BACKGROUND The management of large animals during disasters and emergencies creates difficult operational environments for responders. The aims of this study were to identify the exact challenges faced by Australian emergency response personnel in their interactions with large animals and their owners, and to determine the readiness for large animal rescue(More)
The largest recorded Ebola virus disease epidemic began in March 2014; as of July 2015, it continued in 3 principally affected countries: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Control efforts include contact tracing to expedite identification of the virus in suspect case-patients. We examined contact tracing activities during September 20-December 31, 2014, in(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital syphilis continues to be a preventable cause of global stillbirth and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Shortages of injectable penicillin, the only recommended treatment for pregnant women and infants with syphilis, have been reported by high-morbidity countries. We sought to estimate current and projected annual needs for benzathine(More)
Editorials 787 Vertical transmission of human immu-nodeficiency virus (HIV) and syphilis can be effectively controlled through antenatal screening and treatment. However, each year there are still an estimated 150 000 cases of new paediatric HIV infections and 350 000 cases of congenital syphilis globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed(More)
Editorials 559 Syphilis is unique among sexually transmitted diseases in that it remains curable (with minimal reports of resistance) with a single dose of penicillin , formulated for this purpose as long-acting benzathine penicillin. Pregnant women with untreated syphilis experience adverse birth outcomes in over half of untreated pregnancies. These(More)
Hendra virus is a highly pathogenic novel paramyxovirus causing sporadic fatal infection in horses and humans in Australia. Species of fruit-bats (genus Pteropus), commonly known as flying-foxes, are the natural host of the virus. We undertook a survey of horse owners in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia to assess the level of adoption(More)
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