Tagged: Neisseria

The threats of antibiotic resistant superbugs to New Zealand - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 26, 2014

In this week’s New Zealand Medical Journal is a paper by Deborah Williamson and Helen Heffernan on antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand (1). This comes hot on the heels of the WHO report which gave a global picture of antibiotic resistance (2), and highlights what the big challenges are for New Zealand. So what are the antibiotic resistant superbugs that … Read More

Monday Micro – Semen and the twitchy clap - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 10, 2014

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the bacterium responsible for the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea, also known as the clap. Symptoms often include pain when peeing and a nasty discharge from your nether regions, although some people can be asymptomatic. The microbe isn’t hugely fussy about where it causes an infection, so you can also get gonorrhoea of the throat and … Read More

A swift and deadly foe - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 02, 2011

I’ve just read in the NZ Herald that the chief executive of the construction company Fulton Hogan died suddenly and unexpectedly at the weekend, apparently within hours of contracting an aggressive meningococcal infection. The bug responsible, Neisseria meningitidis, is a pretty nasty one and the symptoms of infection can often be fatally mistaken for flu. N. meningitidis can cause … Read More