Parents urged to vaccinate children against flu after 37 confirmed deaths this year
Health authorities are urging parents to get young children vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible, after 37 confirmed deaths across New South Wales this year. READ MORE
Pockets of under-vaccinated adolescents and young adults could be putting the community at risk of contracting measles as outbreaks continue, an expert has warned.
There have been 89 cases of measles in Australia in the first three months of this year alone, compared to the 109 cases that occurred in the whole of 2018.
The data reflects the growing trend of outbreaks overseas, with the World Health Organisation revealing this week that the numbers infected with measles have tripled worldwide this year. READ MORE
Check out new publication to determine changes in inter‐seasonal influenza activity in Australia over time. READ MORE. Moa, AM, Adam, DC, MacIntyre, CR. Inter‐seasonality of influenza in Australia. Influenza Other Respi Viruses.2019; 00: 1– 6. https://doi.org/10.1111/irv.12642
Northern Territory facing measles outbreak as US and Philippines battle deadly disease’ revival
The Northern Territory is taking measures to try to stop the spread of measles in the capital, Darwin, as outbreaks of the disease widen worldwide.
Health authorities in the NT are lowering the age of vaccination for babies to just nine months - a measure more typical in developing countries.
Among a long list of countries struggling with the disease, the Philippines has seen a 266 per cent increase in cases so far this year. HEAR ABC News interview with Raina Macintyre
The hypothetical outbreak would extend to 200 people, of whom 40% would die and start in a private hospital in Fiji
USTRALIA.- A bioterrorist attack with the smallpox virus could expose vulnerabilities in global systems with potentially catastrophic effects and affect the world for 10 years, according to a study published in the journal Global Biosecurity.
A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (Australia) with several international specialists conducted a study and created a simulation model of a smallpox attack in the Pacific region, with the objective of examining local, regional and local preparation. global to fight against the disease.
"Through a mathematical modeling of smallpox transmission, we simulate a large-scale bioterrorist attack in the worst case," explained the study's lead researcher, Raina MacIntyre. READ MORE
Potential bioterrorist use of smallpox should put world on notice, experts say
Smallpox, although eradicated, has joined the growing list of potential biosecurity threats, according to experts, who say preparedness for the possible return of the virus should be prioritized around the world.
Smallpox, a contagious, disfiguring and often deadly disease, was eradicated globally in 1980 by the World Health Organization (WHO) — the result of an unprecedented global immunization campaign, according to the Mayo Clinic. READ MORE
New WHO housing and health guidelines could save millions each year
Research done in New Zealand before now has generally focused on the effect of a single housing condition on health outcomes and the associated burden of disease. The research published today builds on that research to estimate the combined burden of disease from multiple housing conditions – damp, cold, mould, and disrepair.
ISER CRE"s Professor Michael Baker was also involved in the housing research.
Terrifying "Exercise Mataika" Smallpox Simulation Did Not End Well For Humanity
"Using mathematical modelling of smallpox transmission, we simulated a worst-case, large-scale bioterrorist attack," explained Professor Raina MacIntyre, head of the Kirby Institute’s Biosecurity program.
The research, published in Global Biosecurity, took into account clinical, public health, emergency, and societal responses, with participants from government and non-government organizations around the world making realistic, real-time decisions.
So how does it all go down? READ MORE