According to New Zealand news media there have been fifteen cases of typhoid fever in Auckland during the past fortnight. There has been one death but that patient had many other medical problems as well. The outbreak has been linked to a Pacific church community. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is following up with 60 contacts of the church group and treating the outbreak as a localised one. So far the source of the outbreak remains undetermined.
Newspapers in West Australia are carrying reports of measles in travellers to Bali. Such reports have been appearing over the years and since 2013 there have been 20 cases imported into West Australia from Bali. Earlier this month NSW Health issued a similar alert. Last week the Taiwanese Center for Communicable Diseases also reported on measles cases acquired in Bali.
A one-off meningococcal W vaccination program for people living in Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Coollgardie and Kambalda will target children aged four years and under, and 15 to 19 year-olds.
The World Malaria Report is published annually in December by the World Health Organisation.
Plague is an ancient disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and transmitted by rodent flea bites that continues to surprise us with first-ever events. This review documents plague in human cases in the 1st decade of the 21st century. In the United States, 56 persons were reported to have the disease, of which seven died.
As the bat breeding season begins, NSW Health is warning people not to approach or handle injured bats and flying foxes to avoid exposure to the potentially fatal Australia Bat lyssavirus, which is closely related to the rabies virus.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has issued guidance for foreign tourists to act and dress respectfully and has updated tourist attraction and events which will remain closed during the period of national mourning. TAT officials asked visitors to wear sombre and respectful attire when in public.
A Brazilian study shows that infection of a pregnant woman by Zika virus may represent a risk to the baby's neurological development even when it occurs only a few days before the mother gives birth. Read more