Health Alerts

View public health alerts issued by the Queensland Health Communicable Diseases Unit, the Metro North Hospital and Health Service Public Health Unit or the Federal Government of Health. 

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28 April 2017 - Brisbane River contamination event

On 10 April 2017, around 22,000 litres of aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) containing and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was accidentally released in a Brisbane airport hangar.

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9 March 2017 - TGA statement regarding Zostavax

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has recently published information about Zostavax. The TGA's statement can be found at www.tga.gov.au/alert/zostavax-vaccine. For more information please contact the Therapeutic Goods Administration. 


28 February 2017 - Zostavax contraindications

Zostavax is contraindicated in patients who are immunocompromised. Administration where contraindicated has resulted in a death in Australia. Do not administer Zostavax to patients who are immunocompromised. If in doubt, seek advice from a specialist.


23 January 2017 - Public health update alert regarding amended advice regarding screening tests for patients of Gap Free Smile dental practice

A previous alert issued over the Christmas period advised you that patients of Gap Free Smile dental practice at 2/787 Old Cleveland Road, Carina, have been recommended by Queensland Health to seek testing for blood-borne viruses.


4 January 2017 - Public health alert regarding screening tests for patients of Gap Free Smile dental practice, Carina

Patients of Gap Free Smile dental practice at 2/787 Old Cleveland Road, Carina, have been advised by Queensland Health to seek testing for blood-borne viruses.


23 December 2016 - Measles Case in Camp Mountain, Brisbane North

Metro North Public Health Unit (MNPHU) is warning the public to be alert to the symptoms of measles after measles has been reported in a person residing in the suburb of Camp Mountain. Please be on the lookout for secondary cases in the next few weeks.


19 December 2016 - Diptheria case - Wamuran

Metro North PHU has been following up contacts of a case of diphtheria in a member of staff at Wamuran State School over the weekend. The children in Class 3B have been followed up individually by phone call and emailed letter as well as a  very small number of other household-like contacts. We've not identified any other significant contacts in the school or broader community.


9 December 2016 - Measles Alert - Metro North Public Health Unit

A case of measles has been diagnosed in a resident of Kenmore. The person had limited community contact while contagious between Sunday 27/11/2016 to Monday 12/12/2016.  Specifically, the person attended the following location while infectious: Coles Supermarket, Kenmore Village, Brookfield Road on: Tuesday 06/12/2016 and Thursday 08/12/2016.


30 June 2016 - Confirmed Measles case in Brisbane (media release | Metro South Public Health Unit health alert)

The Metro South Public Health Unit has been notified of a confirmed case of measles in traveller from Victoria. The person with measles was infectious while in Brisbane between 25 and 28 June 2016.


25 February 2016 - Zika virus resources for clinicians

Due to global concern regarding the potential for fetal abnormalities such as microcephaly if a pregnant woman becomes infected with Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern was declared by the World Health Organization on 01 February 2016.