Category Archives: Virology

INCLUDES Measles; Smallpox; Virus genotyping; Hepatitis – all; Waterborne virus (Norovirus, Rotavirus), population health, communicable diseases, gastrointestinal disease outbreaks.
EXCLUDES Lyssavirus, Hendra, Influenza or Vectorborne diseases

Tully dengue fever spike blamed on axed council clean-up day

ABC News | February 24, 2015  | Sharnie Kim & Adam Stephen

A long-time resident of the north Queensland town of Tully has blamed the lack of a council clean-up day on the spike in dengue fever cases.

Queensland Health confirmed four more cases in the Tully – El Arish area yesterday, taking the total number this season to 29.  Continue reading…


Ross River virus outbreak in south-east Queensland confirmed, thousands more cases expected

ABC News  | Wednesday 25 February, 2015 |  Charmaine Kane

Health authorities have confirmed an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus Ross River in southern Queensland, with one expert saying he expects thousands more cases to emerge.

Heavy rain and high tides have been blamed for a rise in mosquito numbers and a significant increase in the number of people falling ill due to being bitten.

Earlier this month 380 people had been infected with the virus, and this figure has now risen to 1,000 cases since the start of the year, according to Queensland Health figures.  Continue reading…

From other news sites:

Weatherzone: Ross River virus outbreak in south-east Queensland confirmed, thousands more cases expected Number of Ross River virus cases on the Gold Coast explode, with more expected after heavy rains

Gold Coast Bulletin: Ross River virus may hit hundreds on mozzie-infested Gold Coast

NT News: Rare virus prompts mozzie warning

Townsville Bulletin: Spike in Ross River fever

WHO calls for action over Mers virus

BBC News 23 February 2015

Too little is being done to control the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has infected 50 people in Saudi Arabia so far this month, the World Health Organization warns.  Cases have been confirmed in the UK, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia, Egypt, and the US – usually after travel to Saudi Arabia.

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WHO gives green light to 15-minute Ebola test

ABC News 21 February 2015

The World Health Organisation has approved a rapid test for Ebola, in a potential breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa.  The 15-minute test is a little less accurate than the so-called gold standard of lab assessment, but does not need electricity or highly trained personnel to use it, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

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Berry scare at Gold Coast school

Gold Coast Bulletin Stephanie Bedo 21 February 2015

Trinity Lutheran College at the Gold Coast is among those checking if any children are sick after they ate contaminated frozen berries in class.

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Four new hepatitis A cases linked to Nanna’s frozen berries

Sydney Morning Herald Su-Lin Tan 21 February 2015

Health authorities have confirmed four new cases of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries, bringing the number of people infected in the outbreak to 18.

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Queensland school warns frozen berries used in tuckshop

Brisbane Times February 19, 2015

A primary school in far north Queensland has warned parents their children may have been served smoothies at the tuckshop containing contaminated frozen berries.
Trinity Beach State School in Cairns has released a newsletter telling parents the school’s canteen used Nanna’s Mixed Berries to make smoothies for students.

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Frozen berries hepatitis A scare…ABC News

NSW hepatitis A patient…SMH

The Conversation Peter White 20 February 2015 Berry scare…