Advice on the use of masks for those exposed to bushfire smoke have been provided from the Acting Chief Medical Officer and State and Territory Chief Health Officers in "Related Documents" below.
With smoke lingering across the ACT this morning, air quality is being impacted.
With current levels, most people will not experience any health impact. However, people who are more sensitive to smoke in the air, particularly those with asthma and other heart or lung conditions, should be aware and take precautions. This includes taking medication as prescribed by their doctor, limiting time spent outdoors and avoiding vigorous exercise.
- A case of measles has been reported in the ACT.
- Medical Practitioners and Emergency Departments should be alert for further cases.
- If you have a patient who you suspect of having measles:
- Implement infection control procedures immediately (including isolation); and
- Urgently notify the Communicable Disease Control Section (CDC) of the Health Protection Service (HPS) on (02) 5124 9213 (24 hours}.
On 18 September 2018, a needle was found in a banana at an aged care service in NSW. The aged care facility immediately contacted police and advised the Department of Health.
The Department urges all aged care approved providers and residents to exercise caution and cut up their fruit before consumption.
We stress the importance of vigilance to manage the safety and wellbeing of residents.
If contaminated fruit is found, people should contact their local police in the first instance.
ACT and NSW have both seen an increase in multi-drug-resistant shigellosis cases acquired through male-to-male sexual contact which are resistant to all recommended oral antibiotics.
Please see below under 'Related Documents' information from the Chief Health Officer for clinicians regarding patient investigation, treatment and advice for cases of shigellosis in the ACT. This information should be further distributed as required.
There is an outbreak of hepatitis A in men who have sex with men (MSM) affecting multiple Australian jurisdictions; including NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
Medical Practitioners are asked to be alert for cases of measles in the ACT following notification of a measles case in Canberra on 22 October 2017. The case is likely to have acquired the infection during an overseas trip...
Following an increase in influenza activity, the ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly has written to GPs with a reminder to consider appropriate management of patients presenting with an influenza-like illness. See the letter under 'Related Documents' on this page.
Please find a letter to GPs from the ACT Chief Health Officer on this page under 'Related Documents'.
Zika virus disease and mosquito-borne illness in returned travellers - please see letter from ACT Chief Health Officer (1 Feb. 2016) under 'Related Content' on this page.