1 July 2016 - Communicable Disease Control Branch
SA Health has become aware that a batch (BK 119, expiry 11/2017) of Chlorofluor Gel® (Professional Dental Supplies) is contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia.
B. cepacia infections were noted in two patients in the same ward at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a subsequent investigation seeking the source of infections has identified contamination of Chlorofluor Gel® with B. cepacia.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is aware of the issue. A consumer level recall of the product is underway. For further information see https://www.tga.gov.au/alert/chlorofluor-gel.
10 June 2016 - Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc.
There is a current outbreak of syphilis in Northern and Central Australia which began in 2011 and has now affected more than 1000 people in Queensland, Northern Territory and WA including deaths from congenital syphilis. Since the beginning of 2016, a small number of cases in SA have been linked to this outbreak. New cases have mostly occurred in younger people age 16-30 years. Staff should be aware of the increased possibility of syphilis in the area. The public health significance of syphilis lies in its impact on the developing foetus in utero as well as enhancing both the transmission and acquisition of HIV.