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.
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.
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.
The rains have started and Territorians need to be ‘Melioidosis aware’.
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.
Congratulations to the well deserving winners of the inaugural 2017 NT Health Excellence Awards.
The Centre for Disease Control has today identified that the child who died on the weekend had meningococcal ‘B’ strain, confirming that it was not related to the current outbreak in central Australia (which is the “W” strain). The case in Darwin is being treated as an isolated incident.
The Department of Health can confirm the death of a child in Darwin due to meningococcal disease.
The meningococcal disease outbreak continues in Central Australia, the Barkly, Katherine and Katherine West regions. To date there have been 25 confirmed cases of Meningococcal W with one case awaiting final laboratory testing. All of those affected in this outbreak to date are Aboriginal people, 19 cases are children less than ten years of age.
October marks the official start of the stinger season in the Top End. Stingers can be found in our sea waters at any time but they are at their peak from October until the end of May next year.