Influenza vaccine available ahead of peak flu season

07 August 2018 - Influenza vaccine available ahead of peak flu season

The national influenza vaccine shortage has eased following the supply of further influenza vaccines. Restricting influenza vaccines to high risk groups is no longer required.
South Australia has seen an increase in influenza notifications over the past two weeks, suggesting the influenza season has commenced although typically the peak flu season is during
August and September. In the past week 29 cases of influenza were notified to the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB). A total of 1,694 cases of influenza have been notified this year, compared to 6,146 over the same period in 2017.

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Recent increase in Salmonella Havana cases

20 June 2018 - 2Recent increase in Salmonella Havana cases

The Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) has identified a recent marked
increase in cases of Salmonella Havana with 21 cases reported since 1st June 2018.
This exceeds the expected number of cases per month (average less than one per month)
and seven cases (33%) have been hospitalised. Cases are from both rural South Australia
and metropolitan Adelaide. Affected persons range in age from 22 years to 87 years,
with a median age of 64 years. 

This outbreak is associated with South Australian grown alfalfa sprouts produced by Adelaide
business SA Sprouts which are the subject of a product recall, see 
www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/foodsafety. 

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