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.
Applications are now open for the $2 million National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Innovation Grant Project.
Following further air sampling undertaken in the Pathology Building at Alice Springs Hospital, a report has been provided by Site Environmental and Remediation Services ...
Meningococcal disease is an uncommon, life-threatening illness due to a bacterial infection of the blood and/or the membranes that line the spinal cord and brain and occasionally infect other sites, such as large joints.
We continue to review the status of asbestos in the Pathology building at the Alice Springs Hospital.