Health Alerts


The CDCB has been alerted of case of measles in a 25 year old woman from metropolitan Adelaide who had recently returned from Bali. Further cases are expected. Please be alert for measles.

The case was in the settings listed below whilst infectious:

In September there has been a high number of notifications (eight so far this month) of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) with a total of 20 cases notified in 2014, compared with 17 year to date in 2013. No links have been identified between any cases this year. Notifications of invasive meningococcal
disease (IMD) usually increase in winter and spring. Peak notifications occur in persons aged <5 and persons 15-24 years, although meningococcal disease can occur in any age group.

In 2014, South Australia has recorded more than 6500 notifications of influenza (the highest year-to-date since 2009), with 10 deaths and 11 outbreaks in residential facilities. Vaccination is recommended for anyone who wishes to protect themselves against influenza, and is particularly advocated for patients in vulnerable groups.


The continuing outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria has been declared by the World Health Organization a ‘public health emergency of international concern’. The risk to Australia remains very low. There has never been a case of EVD in Australia.


The World Health Organization has today declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The largest EVD outbreak ever reported is continuing in West Africa, with on-going transmission reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, and more recently in Nigeria. In the unlikely event of a case travelling to Australia, the risk of infection to others remains extremely low unless there is direct exposure to the body fluids of an infected person.


The World Health Organization has declared the recent international spread of wild poliovirus a ‘public health emergency of international concern’. Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria are currently exporting polio and Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria and Somalia are polio affected.

Polio can spread rapidly in poorly vaccinated communities as most infected people have mild or no symptoms.