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Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a notifiable condition, and outbreaks have occurred in Asia, Africa, and Southeast Europe. It presents as a sudden-onset, severe illness with initial influenza-like symptoms, red eyes, and petechiae leading to signs of haemorrhage around day 4.

In this podcast, Tom Fletcher, Wellcome Trust/MoD Research Fellow, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, gives us a clinical overview of the virus.


Characterised by upper and lower respiratory tract symptoms of rhinorrhoea, cough, fever, chills, headache, and myalgia, influenza can occur in local community outbreaks, epidemics, and, rarely, pandemics.

Kanta Subbarao, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne, Australia, gives us a clinical overview of the infection.

Ron Behrens, Consultant in Tropical and Travel Medicine, Hospitals for Tropical Diseases and Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, gives us a clinical overview of malaria.

Anthrax is a rare infection caused by the spore-forming, gram-positive soil organism Bacillus anthracis. Cutaneous disease is the most common manifestation; however, fatal systemic illness due to spore ingestion, inhalation, or injection can occur.

In this podcast Ali Hassoun, Infectious Disease Specialist, Alabama Infectious Diseases Center, USA, gives us a clinical overview of anthrax.

Venezuelan equine encephalitis is a mosquito-borne virus, endemic to Central and South America. It usually causes mild and self-limiting disease in humans, however CNS infection can lead to long-term neurological sequelae and death, particularly in children.

In this podcast we get a clinical overview of the disease, from Stalin Vilcarromero, Assistant Professor and Clinical Research Scientist, Department of Medicine, Stony Brook University, New York, USA.

Eastern equine encephalitis virus is the most deadly encephalitic arbovirus in North America, with a case fatality rate of 30% to 50%. Steve Schexnayder, professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas College of Medicine, USA, gives us a clinical overview of the virus.

Henipavirus is a rare, but emerging, infection in the Asia-Pacific region. An outbreak of Nipah virus infection was reported in India in May 2018, but was quickly contained.

Catherine Houlihan, Clinical Lecturer at University College London London, gives us a clinical overview of the disease.

This week, we're joined by Sian Griffiths, Emeritus Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, and Chair of the Public Health England Global Health Committee.

Professor Griffiths discusses the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, and what healthcare professionals should know about the virus.

Lisa Bebell, Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and who conducts research in to infectious diseases and critical care medicine, gives us a clinical guide to Marburg Virus.

What is glanders, and how do you recognise, refer and report it? Dr Robert Norton, Director of Microbiology, Townsville Hospital, Australia, gives us the answers.

We know that infectious disease outbreaks are caused by pathogens, but some would argue that they are also a biological manifestation of social inequality.

Here to discuss the politics of disease outbreak, and how this informs how the global community should respond to them, is Simukai Chigudu, Associate Professor of African Politics and Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford University.

South American haemorrhagic fevers are a group of five highly dangerous and highly infectious diseases. Professor Thomas Ksiazek, Professor of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, US, talks us through how to recognise, refer and report these fevers.