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Health response to cruise ship gastro

12 December 2017
Public Health
Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch today said Tasmanian health authorities had worked cooperatively with a cruise ship that arrived in Hobart with a number of cases of gastro on board. Dr Veitch said the illness among cruise ship passengers posed no public health risk to Tasmanians. Dr Veitch said the cruise ship had […] Find out more

Public Health Alert – Do not EAT wild shellfish

9 August 2017
Public Health
Danger: Do not eat wild shellfish from Great Oyster Bay, Great Swanport, Nubeena/Wedge Bay and the east coast of Bruny Island including Adventure Bay This warning is current. Toxic algal blooms are now present in Tasmanian waters. High levels of algal toxins have been detected in shellfish in Great Oyster Bay, Great Swanport, Nubeena/Wedge Bay […] Find out more

Malaria superbug global threat: scientists

3 February 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing
Drug-resistant malaria superbugs have taken hold in parts of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, threatening to undermine progress against the disease, scientists say. The superbugs – malaria parasites that can beat off the best current treatments, artemisinin and piperaquine – have spread throughout Cambodia, with even fitter multi-drug resistant parasites spreading in southern Laos and north-eastern […] Find out more

Dengue cases hit a 20-year high

17 January 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing
Dengue fever cases in Australia reached a 20-year high last year, driven by travellers being infected in tropical areas such as Bali and bringing the virus back with them. More than 2000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease were confirmed in Australia last year, federal Health Department data shows. University of Sydney mosquito expert Cameron Webb […] Find out more

Poo parks: NSW Health crackdown on splash parks

5 December 2016
Public Health
Water splash parks have become a summer hit among families with young children, but their rapid spread across Sydney has raised public health concerns about contaminated water and diarrhoea outbreaks. The Baird government plans to change the Public Health Act to make clear the new splash parks and interactive water fountains are included in the […] Find out more

DHHS Alert: Temporary Boil Water Alerts -Updated 22nd Sept

27 September 2016
Public Health
Temporary Boil Water Alerts The Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporation (TasWater) routinely monitors drinking water supply systems in the state. At present, TasWater cannot adequately treat the drinking water systems listed below to ensure they are clear of E. coli bacteria. Therefore, these drinking water supply systems are operating with a temporary boil water alert: […] Find out more

Hobart man fined $750 over underage girl’s facial tattoos

25 August 2016
Public Health
A 41-year-old Hobart man who tattooed “family” across the cheek of a 17-year-old girl as her mother watched on has become one of the first people convicted under a state law banning under-18s from getting tattoos or body piercings. Amendments to the Police Offences Act introduced a month earlier made it illegal to tattoo people […] Find out more

DHHS Alert: East Coast wild shellfish warning – updated 15th August

22 August 2016
Public Health
Public health authorities are reminding Tasmanians and warning visitors not to collect and eat wild shellfish from the east coast of Tasmania because of high toxin levels. The waters along much of the east coast and south to the Tasman Peninsula and Frederick Henry Bay are now affected by blooms of toxin-producing algae, with high […] Find out more

Research Article: Protective efficacy of multiple vaccine platforms against Zika virus challenge in rhesus monkeys

12 August 2016
Public Health and Wellbeing
Human trials are about to begin on a group of vaccines which have provided complete protection from the Zika virus in animal tests. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil have confirmed that three vaccines they tested were successful in treating rhesus monkeys. Twenty monkeys were used in the tests, […] Find out more

DHHS: Temporary Boil Water Alerts -Update

19 July 2016
Public Health
The Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporation (TasWater) routinely monitors drinking water supply systems in the state. At present, TasWater cannot adequately treat the drinking water systems listed below to ensure they are clear of E. coli bacteria. Therefore, these drinking water supply systems are operating with a temporary boil water alert: Colebrook National Park (including […] Find out more