ABC Rural Arlie Felton-Taylor and Jodie Gunders 5 Feb 2016
The Melanoma Awareness Foundation has a tough message for rural Queenslanders: actively check your skin every month and make a habit of going to the doctor for a skin check at least once a year to guard against deadly melanoma.
The warning comes as new statistics from Cancer Council Queensland reveal parts of central and southern Queensland have the highest instance of melanoma in the state and, therefore, the world.
ABC News Sarah Sedghi 4 February 2016
Australian researchers hope a new database they are setting up will eventually lead to real changes in the way doctors diagnose and treat cancer.
The ProCan project will analyse the proteins of tens of thousands of cancer samples over a period of about five years.
Natasha’s Doughty daughter Elizabeth was five years old when she began experiencing what they thought was reoccurring sinusitis.
The Courier Mail
Queensland patients would be confined to home if they were found to have Zika virus
QUEENSLANDERS infected with Zika virus would be confined to their home and health authorities would track mosquitoes that may have bitten them in an effort to stop an outbreak of the virus.
The virus sweeping the world will be treated in the same way as dengue fever in Queensland if a case was detected here.
“What’s good for dengue is good for Zika,” Health Minister Cameron Dick declared yesterday, following a meeting of national experts in Brisbane who strategised the state’s response to the outbreaks overseas.
Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-patients-would-be-confined-to-home-if-they-were-found-to-have-zika-virus/news-story/23c4b2e3baaf769036122cc3336d15b6
February 5, 2016
Human testing for Zika to begin in Townsville for first time
TESTING for Zika in humans will begin in Townsville for the first time to help combat the threat the mosquito-borne virus poses to Queensland.
The State Government will spend $400,000 to increase the capacity of its laboratories – including one in Townsville – to rapidly test for the Zika virus.
Health authorities believe it is important enhanced testing be made available where the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the virus, is found.
Queensland Health will also spend $1 million to develop a campaign to educate people on the role they can play in reducing the spread of mosquitoes.
The campaign would target both the dengue and Zika virus.
Read more: http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/human-testing-for-zika-to-begin-in-townsville-for-first-time/news-story/067ed53af372c924aa81b7db00ce10f2
February 4, 2016
ABC News Nick Wiggins 4 Feb 2016
Zika virus: Rapid-testing centre to be set up in Queensland
A special pathology centre will be set up in Townsville to rapidly test for Zika virus in humans, but authorities say there is still a minimal risk in Queensland.
Ten people have returned to Queensland from overseas with the virus since 2014, but it has not made its way to the state’s mosquito population.
A range of frontline measures were discussed at a meeting of health experts in Brisbane on Thursday.
The State Government will spend $400,000 to increase the capacity of its laboratories, including the new testing centre in Townsville.
A $1 million awareness campaign will also be launched, targeting far north Queensland where the type of mosquito that can spread the virus is found.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-04/rapid-testing-for-zika-virus-townsville-awareness-campaign/7141572
ABC The Drum Broadcast 4 Feb 2016
A radical new proposal to prevent future Zika virus outbreaks
Australian researchers are proposing the use of genetic technologies to eliminate several species of mosquitoes. They say it could prevent future outbreaks of deadly viruses like Zika.
to watch program: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-04/a-radical-new-proposal-to-prevent-future-zika/7141890
ABC News 4 Feb 2016
Tonga declares Zika epidemic after five cases confirmed, nearly 260 tested for virus
Tonga has declared a Zika epidemic after confirming five cases from testing nearly 260 people for the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-04/tonga-declares-zika-epidemic/7141260
Posted in Clinical pathology, Leadership / Management, Travel medicine, Vector borne diseases
Tagged Dengue fever, Genetic engineering, Laboratory tests, Mosquito control, Pacific Islands, Pathology services, Public Health, Queensland Health Minister, Tonga, Townsville Qld, Zika virus
Brisbane Times Jorge Branco February 4, 2016
Testing for Zika virus will begin in Queensland’s vulnerable far north amid moves to prevent an outbreak of the disease.
Health Minister Cameron Dick again stressed the risk of an outbreak was low, following a roundtable meeting on Thursday with experts from around the country.
He and Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young said the state was well prepared to defend against the global health emergency because of years of controlling the spread of dengue virus, another mosquito-borne disease.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/zika-virus-testing-to-begin-in-townsville-20160204-gmlmva.html
BBC News 2 February 2016
An urgent global race is under way to establish how and why the Zika virus could be causing a devastating spike in cases of babies being born with underdeveloped brains in South America.
The race is on to find a better diagnostic test and a vaccine and treatment for Zika as well as establishing what is making these babies ill.
Sydney Morning Herald 2 February 2016
An 83-year-old man has lost his bid for compensation after developing health complications working at Maralinga in the late 1950s, the remote South Australian base for British nuclear tests.
Reginald Elborough claims he was exposed to ionising radiation while stationed at the site as a postal clerk, developing prostate cancer, bowel and urinary tract, osteoporosis and 26 other health conditions.
He also sought compensation for skin cancers, impotence, high cholesterol, arthritis, lung scarring, muscle cramps, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, skeletal hyperostosis and an overactive immune system.
ABC News 3 February 2016
One in three West Australians do not know how to protect themselves from many common preventable cancers, a report has found.
The report, based on a survey carried out by the WA Department of Health, has prompted authorities to consider ramping up public education efforts, in a bid to help people protect themselves from the deadly disease.