Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

Infectious diseases continue to dominate the news, including the threat of viral haemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola from West Africa and severe respiratory infections from the Middle and Far East. Closer to home, conditions such as skin and soft tissue infections and urinary tract infections are becoming more difficult to manage because of the development of antimicrobial resistance. For this reason, antimicrobial stewardship has gained greater prominence, with the aim of making best use of the existing antimicrobial agents. There is of course the need for new antibiotic treatments. Great progress has been made in treating Hepatitis C and new treatments have been developed for tuberculosis and some tropical infections. Increasing numbers of patients are presenting because of infections related to highly effective "biologic" immunosuppressive therapy. This symposium aims to cover all of these topics.

The content should be of great interest to those working in infectious diseases, general medicine, medical specialties, tropical medicine and general practice. The programme includes a range of International and UK speakers, all acknowledged to be experts in their field.

Dr Alexander Mackenzie
Chair, Organising Committee


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