Posts Tagged ‘south africa’

Vaccination and Pneumococcal Disease in South Africa

Posted by • November 12th, 2014

Since the beginning of medical school I, like most of us, have been bombarded by medical questions from friends, family, and even brand-new acquaintances.  If I had a dollar for every rash that I’ve been asked to “take a quick look at” my loans would be a bit less daunting.  One question often posed by… Read More…

Linezolid in XDR – Useful to an Extent

Posted by • October 18th, 2012

A few hours north of Durban, South Africa, the little town of Tugela Ferry sits in the shadow of the rugged mountains that run alongside the Indian Ocean.  There are few roads here, gaps in the electrical grid, and a paucity of running water.   The main hospital in town – the three-hundred-and-fifty bed Church of… Read More…

HIV in South Africa

Posted by • May 20th, 2011

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 19-year-old woman was seen in a clinic in South Africa because of headache, fatigue, sore throat, anorexia, and vaginal discharge. She had no history of STIs. Rapid testing for HIV-1 was negative. The initial symptoms resolved, but a painful genital ulcer developed. With less than… Read More…