Colds and flu

Bird flu and Sars

Future flu havoc in SA?

With human cases of the H5N1 virus increasing steadily, a global flu pandemic could be on the cards. But would South Africa be able to handle it?

Bird flu mutation resistant to medication

A mutation in a new strain of bird flu infecting people in China can render it resistant to a key first-line treatment drug without limiting its ability to spread in mammals.

Bird flu: how worried should we be?

Bird flu has made for scary headlines from the moment it first hit the news, but it used to seem far enough away that we didn't need to worry. But are South Africans at risk now?

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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