Enhanced screening for Syphilis for Aboriginal people in SA

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.

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Measles

20 May 2016 - Communicable Disease Control Branch

SA Health has been notified of a case of measles in a 4 year old male in metropolitan Adelaide who had recently returned from Bali, Indonesia. The case was in the settings listed below whilst infectious:

  • Jetstar flight JQ128 from Bali, arriving Adelaide at 6:30am on Friday 13th May 2016
  • Adelaide Airport, between 6:30am and 9:00 am on Friday 13th May
  • Blessed Cheese Café, 150 Main Road, McLaren Vale, between 9:30am and 11:30 am on Friday 13th May
  • Galilee Catholic School, Cnr Quinliven and How Rds, Aldinga on the morning of Monday 16th May
  • Coles supermarket, Aldinga Beach Rd, Aldinga Beach, on the morning of Monday 16th May
  • Aldinga Community Kindergarten,63 Butterworth Rd, Aldinga Beach, between 9:00am and 4:00pm on Tuesday 17th May
  • McLaren Vale Family Practice, 137 Main Rd, McLaren Vale, between 1:30pm and 2:30pm on Thursday 19th May.

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