Hepatitis A Outbreak

18 December 2017 - Hepatitis A Outbreak

Cases of hepatitis A continue to be reported in South Australia, with a further 6 cases reported in the last week. There have been a total of 19 notifications in 2017 and 13 since the 1st of November.

In this locally acquired outbreak men who have sex with men appear to be at highest risk, however local transmission to others can be expected.

Hepatitis A is spread through person-to-person transmission, including sexual activity, and through contaminated food and water. The incubation period is 15 to 50 days. Patients frequently experience fever, malaise, anorexia, right upper quadrant pain and nausea, followed a few days later by dark urine and jaundice. Cases are infectious for two weeks before to seven days after the onset of jaundice. There is no specific treatment and most cases fully recover, but ongoing monitoring is required as rarely complications, including fulminant hepatitis, can occur.

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Delay to Self-collection for Cervix Screening

1 December 2017 - Delay to Self-collection for Cervix Screening

The Commonwealth has advised that the option for eligible women to self-collect a cervical sample will not be available from 1 December due to delays in the process of accreditation of the tests.

Healthcare providers who conduct cervical screening tests are advised not to offer self-collection to eligible women until further notice.

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