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Statement on Salmonella cases in KwaZulu-Natal Province

During October and November 2018, certain private sector laboratories have reported an increase in Salmonella cases in KwaZulu-Natal Province. Salmonella was also the most...

World Pneumonia Day 2018

World Pneumonia Day is commemorated annually on 12 November, to raise awareness about pneumonia, which was the second most prevalent killer of children under...

Why eradicating polio everywhere has been so hard to crack

Nigerian children receiving the polio vaccine in Lagos. EPA Melinda Suchard, National Institute for Communicable Diseases Polio is a disease that struck fear into the hearts of...

HIV Liver Transplant

In 2017, doctors from the Transplant Unit at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre performed what is believed to be the world’s first intentional...

We should take fungal infections more seriously. Here’s why

Researchers have raised concerns about anti-fungal resistance. Shutterstock Nelesh P. Govender, National Institute for Communicable Diseases When most healthy people think of fungal diseases, they often think...
Fungal disease awareness week 2018

A hidden epidemic of life-threatening fungal infections

What is the scope of the problem? When most healthy people think of fungal diseases, they often think of oral or vaginal thrush, nappy rash,...

NICD PhD student wins’ best student poster at Wits Research Day

The National Institutes for Communicable Diseases (NICD) congratulates Ntando Phaahla, a PhD student working in the NICD’s Centre for HIV and STI, for having...
Cholera update

Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe

An outbreak of cholera has been confirmed in Harare, Zimbabwe. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that as at 11 September 2018, almost 2 000...

Dr Charissa Mynhardt grabs best Scientific Poster Presentation

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) lauds Dr Charissa Mynhardt for her sterling research abstract presentation that won the prize for best Scientific...

Professor Penny Moore received a Silver Medal from SAMRC

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) hosted the 2018 SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards gala dinner on 30 August 2018. We would like to...