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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.

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Celebrating Excellence in Health

Congratulations to the well deserving winners of the inaugural 2017 NT Health Excellence Awards.

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Statement regarding meningococcal disease – Update

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.

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Statement regarding Meningococcal

The Department of Health can confirm the death of a child in Darwin due to meningococcal disease.

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Update - Meningococcal outbreak in Central Australia

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.

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Caution urged as stinger season begins

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.

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NDIS Grants for Innovative Projects

Applications are now open for the $2 million National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Innovation Grant Project.

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Updated Statement - Alice Springs Hospital Pathology Building

Following further air sampling undertaken in the Pathology Building at Alice Springs Hospital, a report has been provided by Site Environmental and Remediation Services ...