Orla Geoghegan, DipClinPharm, MRPharmS, is specialist pharmacist (antimicrobials) at Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
There are around 12,000 cases of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) each year in the UK and during 1999 to 2007, deaths from CDI peaked at around 4,000 per year. This article summarises diagnosis and management, as well as the current therapeutic options for CDI, including faecal microbiota transplant.
Malaria: clinical features and preventionSubscription
Malaria is a mosquito-transmitted parasitic infection that can cause the destruction of red blood cells, leading to severe illness and death. Taking antimalarials can reduce the risk of infection
Malaria treatment is guided by the species of parasite infecting the patient. Combination therapy is required to help eradicate the parasite and prevent the development of resistance to antimalarials.