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.
22 November 2017 - Communicable Disease Control Branch
South Australia has seen an increase in hepatitis A cases, with three reported in the past week and a total of ten notifications in 2017, compared to seven in 2016. Hepatitis A is usually acquired overseas, but in 2017 six cases have occurred locally and one case interstate. From mid-2017 a large increase in locally acquired cases in men who have sex with men has been observed in New South Wales and Victoria. Several cases in South Australia have involved men who have sex with men.
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.