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Enjoy your overseas holiday – top tips to avoid illness

Territorians are busily preparing for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, some are heading overseas as tourists and others returning home to visit family and friends.

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Top End mosquito numbers to increase

The Department of Health is urging people to protect themselves from mosquitoes, as numbers are expected to increase in coastal areas following last week’s high tide and recent rain. Numbers are expected to increase from today and remain elevated until the arrival of the monsoon.

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Road ambulance services review

The Northern Territory Government commissioned the review of Road Ambulance Services in the Northern Territory earlier this year to ensure Territorians have the best possible service into the future.

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Implementing the National Code of Conduct

Implementing the National Code of Conduct for health care workers who are not registered in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in the NT – Have your say

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New Meningococcal vaccine rolled out

Health services within the Territory will begin the roll out of the ACWY Meningococcal vaccine for 12 month old babies from Friday 1 December.

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Norovirus outbreak at Royal Darwin Hospital

A gastroenteritis outbreak has occurred in a ward at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). To ensure the virus is contained as quickly as possible, we have implemented a strict outbreak management plan to contain any infection, which currently affects only one ward. It takes very few virus particles to cause infection so we ask that family members of patients in the ward, Ward 4B Isolation, consider delaying visits and phone the ward before coming to the hospital.

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Wet weather prompts start of salt-marsh mosquito season

The Department of Health is urging people to protect themselves from mosquitoes, as numbers are expected to increase in coastal areas following last week’s high tide and local rainfall. Elevated numbers are expected to start around 14 November, with numbers expected to further increase over the next weeks until the arrival of the monsoon.

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Safe cooking promoted to Central Australians during Food Safety Week

It’s Australian Food Safety Week from 11-18 November 2017 and the Department of Health’s Central Australia Environmental Health Services are urging local consumers to exercise good food safety practices, including proper food storage and preparation and to use a food thermometer to ensure food is properly cooked.

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Rains signal start of Melioidosis season

The rains have started and Territorians need to be ‘Melioidosis aware’.

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Meningococcal ACYW vaccine program to be expanded

The meningococcal quadrivalent (ACWY) vaccination program,  developed to control an outbreak of meningococcal W disease in the Aboriginal population of Central Australia and the western Katherine regions, is to be expanded to include all young Territorians aged one to 19 year old in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine.