If you live in FN Queensland and a patient presents feeling unwell with a fever after a flood, on your differential list, you’d need to consider Melioidosis and Leptospirosis. 

If you don’t actually live in northern Australia, you may feel you need to brush up on your knowledge of those 2 differentials. And you’re in luck…

This month we listen in on a webinar excerpt with Professor John McBride who presented on the topic of “Tropical Medicine”. This is part 1 of a 3 part series, where Prof McBride discusses melioidosis and leptospirosis. 

Professor John McBride is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Cairns Hospital clinical school. Originally from Adelaide, he has been in north Queensland for many years.

John has major interests in the Tropical Infectious Diseases of north Queensland and the Western Pacific. After training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in Adelaide he completed a PhD on dengue fever in Townsville before moving to Cairns. His other areas of interest include HIV in PNG and the role of male circumcision in its prevention, rickettsial infections, Leptospirosis, thermal scanning for fever, fever surveillance and the hunt for new pathogens.

Needless to say, there’s a lot to learn from Prof McBride!

You can listen to the excerpt below (9 min 30 sec).

Watch out for further excerpts from this webinar in Parts 2 and 3 later in the year.


  1. Melioidosis an updated review
  2. Leptospirosis
  3. Melioidosis – health.vic
  4. Leptospirosis
  5. Bacterial infections | Community support