Seasonal infections

It’s that time of year when all are on the move, and most have caught a bad dose of LETICE (Leave Early Today Is Christmas Eve). We hear it’s been so bad this year with the run-up to a four day holiday that government departments have been granting special LETICE Leave. This could be made a lot worse if there are outbreaks of RELATED (REturn Late After The End of December) disease.

The MicroGnome is glad to report that all those who were travelling away from gnome have safely reached their intended destinations. Whether or not you believe in climate change, Father Christmas or other explanations for global catastrophe, southerners have had to skirt floods while travelling north and northerners have had to brave ice and snow while travelling south. Both contingents may have to grapple with seasonal infections of greater importance than LETICE or RELATED disease. The northern winter is a great time for respiratory infections and particularly pandemic influenza (H1N1/09), which can cause severe pneumonitis or set the scene for a secondary staphylococcal pneumonia. The corresponding period in northern Australia is the wet season when melioidosis peaks. This year should be a big season thanks to floods and a high level of cyclone activity.

With those sober thoughts, we wish you all a Happy Christmas and look forward to your comments in our second year of blogging.

The MicroGnome.

Comments

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