This month, in our final excerpt from the “Tropic Medicine” webinar, we look at Rickettsial Diseases with Prof McBride. This is part 3 in a 3 part series. We’ve discussed Melioidosis and Leptospirosis and Dengue Fever in the previous excerpts.

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 on “Rickettsial Diseases” below (11 min):

If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of this series, you may want to click on the links to review them.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this series on Tropical Medicine.


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