Public health notice – listeria

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria which causes Listeriosis, has been detected in a batch of commercial sliced ham served to patients and families in the Queensland Children’s Hospital between 10 and 20 May 2019. Listeria is a common bacteria found widely in the environment (soil, water, vegetation) and rarely causes serious …

Health alert – dengue fever

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Locally acquired case of Dengue in Central Queensland As of 24 May 2019 Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has confirmed Dengue in a Rockhampton resident who has not travelled overseas, nor to Far North Queensland. Central Queensland Public Health Unit (CQPHU) is investigating this case and the place of …

Public health alert: syphilis outbreak in Central Queensland

In Central Queensland, News by Jasmin Midgley

Outbreak of infectious syphilis in Central Queensland Attn: All clinicians in Central Queensland There has been an increase in cases of infectious syphilis in Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service area where it’s considered to be an outbreak. The recent syphilis cases in the region appears to be mainly in …

Product recall: Weleda Baby Teething Powder 60g

In News by Jasmin Midgley

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Weleda Australia Pty Ltd, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling batches of Weleda Baby Teething Powder 60g. The recall is being conducted because small, threadlike (up to approximately 1 cm long and less than 1 mm wide), soft, slivers of white plastic …

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Updated: Cases of infectious syphilis in Central Highlands

In Central Queensland by PHN Communications

The outbreak of syphilis in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people continues in North Queensland. There have also been increased syphilis notifications in men who have sex with men, notably in the Cairns and Hinterland HHS area. Recently there have been several cases of infectious syphilis diagnosed within Rockhampton …

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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 …