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Clinical advice for the 2018 Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

In June 2018, the Government of Papua New Guinea notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus. The Government of Papua New Guinea is working with partners, including WHO and UNICEF, to take appropriate outbreak response measures including contact tracing, testing and vaccination. Polio is …

Public Health Advisory to GPs in Wide Bay Food recall – potential Listeria contamination

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

There is a current trade recall of frozen vegetables due to concerns about possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The recall is a precautionary measure following an investigation in Europe of an outbreak of a specific strain of L. monocytogenes with 47 cases across 5 EU countries.  The outbreak, dating back …

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Public health alert – Measles in Sunshine Coast area

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of a confirmed case of measles in a Sunshine Coast resident. The infection was acquired overseas. There is a low risk of further cases of measles. When a patient with measles attends a medical facility, other patients, visitors and staff are at …

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Alert | Outbreak of infectious syphilis: North Queensland

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The outbreak of syphilis in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people continues in North Queensland. Since 2011 there have been seven cases of congenital syphilis associated with this outbreak, highlighting the importance of testing all pregnant women according to the guidelines. There have also been increased syphilis notifications in …

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Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza. Despite influenza vaccination being available free to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program, vaccination rates remain low with only 1 in 3 pregnant women receiving the influenza vaccine. Influenza infection during pregnancy can lead to …

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ALERT | Updated Zostavax information

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Queensland Health have released new guidelines on the administering of Zostavax. For further detailed information, please Updated Zostavax Alert Key Points 1. Zostavax is contraindicated in patients who are immunocompromised. 2. Administration where contraindicated has resulted in a death in Australia. 3. Do not administer Zostavax to patients who are …

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Appropriate use of ZostaVax

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

The Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit has received advice from Nambour General Hospital that there have been three recent incidents where Zostavax has been given to two patients who have had a renal transplant and another where it was given to a pregnant woman. Zostavax is contraindicated for patients with …

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BCG Vaccine Unavailable

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

The attached alert advises GPs about the global shortage of BCG vaccine and prioritisation of stocks for high burden countries. GPs are asked to identify children under five years of age who have spent three months or more (cumulative) in a high burden country (most countries of sub-Saharan Africa; Laos, …

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Zika virus resources – Public Health Communique

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Queensland Health has issued a Public Health Communique to all emergency departments and general practices with an update of resources and information about the virus and its management for clinicians. Due to global concern regarding the potential for fetal abnormalities such as microcephaly if a pregnant woman becomes infected with …