Public Health Alerts

Visit this Alerts page regularly to keep abreast of the latest health developments in our region as they unfold.

On this page you will find important information on public health issues in the ACT.

To find out more, visit Population Health.

Current Alerts

17.10.14 - Influenza Report

The numbers of influenza cases reported to ACT Health indicate that influenza activity peaked in August, with decreasing activity observed throughout September. This is consistent with expected seasonal patterns.

Download: ACT Influenza Report to 8 October 2014 (PDF File - 197k)

Prior fortnightly ACT Influenza Reports can be found in the previous alerts section. For general information visit the Influenza in the ACT page in this alerts section.

For general information visit the Influenza in the ACT section.

The Australian Influenza Report is compiled from a number of data sources, which are used to monitor influenza activity and severity in the community. These data sources include laboratory-confirmed notifications to NNDSS, influenza associated hospitalisations, sentinel influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting from general practitioners and emergency departments, ILI-related call centre calls and community level surveys and sentinel laboratory testing results.

22.08.14 - Measles case notified in Canberra

Acting ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Pengilley has alerted Canberrans to be aware of measles symptoms after a case was notified to ACT Health on Friday 22 August 2014.

Health Protection Service (HPS) is following-up identified contacts in line with national guidelines. People who may have been exposed to the case include:

  • Anyone who attended the Calvary Hospital Emergency Department on Thursday 21 August between 12.30pm and 6.30pm; and

  • Anyone who attended the 5.30pm service at the Life Unlimited Church in Charnwood on Sunday 17 August 2014.

Measles Fact Sheet

Media Release

18.07.14 - Measles case notified in Canberra

A/g ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Pengilley today alerted Canberrans to be aware of measles symptoms after a case was notified to ACT Health on 18 July 2014. The case had acquired their infection overseas.

The Health Protection Service is following-up identified contacts in line with national guidelines.

People who may have been exposed to the ACT case include anyone who may have been at the Kaleen Plaza/Supabarn between 10 am and 12 noon on Wednesday 16 July 2014

ACT Health is advising anyone who attended these venues to be aware for symptoms and to seek medical advice if they develop symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of measles should advise their health provider before they arrive at the medical clinic so that appropriate infection control precautions can be put in place to stop the spread of the infection.

The symptoms of measles may include fever, tiredness, runny nose, sore eyes and a cough, followed by a rash which appears 2-7 days later. People generally develop symptoms 7-18 days after being exposed to a person with infectious measles, with 10 days being more common. People are infectious from 5 days before they develop a rash until 4 days after

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Previous Alerts

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Further Information

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