Public Health Alerts

Visit this Alerts page regularly to keep abreast of the latest health developments in our region as they unfold. On this page you will find important information on public health issues in the ACT.

Current Alerts

15.12.16 - Mycobacterium chimaera in heater cooler units

ACT Health is alerting the community to an issue involving a specific brand of heater-cooler unit commonly used worldwide in open-heart surgery has been linked to a small number of cases of infection with an uncommon environmental bacterium called Mycobacterium chimaera.  The heater-cooler units are thought to have been contaminated with the bacteria during the manufacturing process in Europe.

For further information see Mycobacterium chimaera

25.11.16 – Influenza Report

Summary: The number of influenza cases being reported to ACT Health has largely returned to background levels. Of the 1,554 cases notified year to date, only 1.8% (n=28) occurred in the last fortnight. The majority of notifications during 2016 were influenza A (90.3%). Notifications have been highest in adults aged 30-49 years and children aged 0-9 years old. This is the final report for 2016.

Prior fortnightly ACT Influenza Reports can be found in the previous alerts section. For general information visit the Influenza in the ACT page in this alerts section.

The Australian Influenza Report is compiled from a number of data sources, which are used to monitor influenza activity and severity in the community. These data sources include laboratory-confirmed notifications to NNDSS, influenza associated hospitalisations, sentinel influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting from general practitioners and emergency departments, ILI-related call centre calls and community level surveys and sentinel laboratory testing results.

Previous Alerts

To view Alerts and Advisories that are no longer current, including alerts issued more than a year ago, visit the previous alerts section of this website.

Further Information

To find out more, visit the Population Health section of this website.

You can find information about consumer food recalls on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.