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Infections

63 resources in total. To see which languages this resource is available in, click on its title.

Title: Anthrax
Summary: The document explains what Anthrax is and how the bacterial disease can it be treated.

Title: Attention cleaners - your safety is important
Summary: Safety instructions for cleaners on how to deal with needles, sharps bins and what to do in cases of a needlestick injury or where blood or other body fluids splash into the eyes or a cut.

Title: Avian Influenza ('Bird Flu')
Summary: A new epidemic of severe influenza amongst flocks of poultry was identified in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in December 2003 and has subsequently spread to several other Asian countries including Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos and Indonesia. The virus is called influenza A H5N1. This influenza virus has since infected a small number of humans who have had contact with diseased birds or their faeces. Some of the people infected with this virus have died. Should this virus develop the ability to be transmitted easily be-tween people (eg. by combining with a human influenza virus), it is possible that many more humans would be infected.

Title: Barmah Forest virus infection
Summary: Barmah Forest virus is a germ that can infect people through mosquito bites. Past infection with Barmah Forest virus may have a protective effect against future infection. Barmah Forest virus is related to Ross River virus.

Title: BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccination - Information for Patients
Summary: Information about the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccination to help prevent tuberculosis (TB), including who should have the vaccination and who should not, its advantages and disadvantages, and the side effects.

Title: Boils and impetigo
Summary: Contents: What is a boil? What is Impetigo? How are Boils and Impetigo treated? How are Boils and Impetigo spread? How can you stop the spread of Boils and Impetigo?

Title: Campylobacteriosis
Summary: Information about symptoms, transmission and prevention.

Title: Chlamydia - from NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service
Summary: Contents: What is chlamydia? How do you catch chlamydia? How do you know if you have been infected with chlamydia? Is there a test for chlamydia? What is the treatment for chlamydia? Are there any complications? Do sexual partners need treatment? How is chlamydia prevented?

Title: Colds and flu
Summary: Influenza (the flu) is caused by a virus. The flu is more than just a bad cold and can occasionally lead to serious complications, including death. Specific antiviral medication is available. It is only useful if given early after onset of symptoms and may shorten duration of the illness and reduce symptoms. Vulnerable people are more likely to develop serious complications including pneumonia. Immunisation can offer protection from flu.

Title: Cryptosporidiosis
Summary: A guide to cryptosporidiosis, an infection which causes diarrhoea. Includes information on causes, prevention and symptoms.

Title: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
Summary: Cutaneous (meaning 'skin') leishmaniasis is a chronic infection caused by a microscopic parasite, Leishmania. It causes ulcers or scabs which occur more frequently on exposed body parts such as the wrists, the ankles and lower legs, and the face

Title: Fact Sheet for Parents of Children at Risk of Anaphylaxis
Summary: Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It usually occurs rapidly after exposure to a food, insect or medicine to which a person may already be allergic. Anaphylaxis must always be treated as a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment with adrenaline. This fact sheet was updated in June 2017.

Title: Fever in children
Summary: A consumer factsheet for use by hospital emergency departments about fever. Fever is a way in which the body fights infection. A fever is not dangerous and does not always indicate a serious illness.

Title: Gastroenteritis
Summary: Gastro is an illness which may cause some or all of the following symptoms: diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, fever and headache. Germs which cause gastro get into your body through your mouth and it usually takes several days for symptoms to appear. This time is known as the incubation period. Sometimes symptoms may occur within hours of the germs entering your body but it is usually longer. When people get gastro they often assume that the last meal they ate gave them food poisoning. This is usually not the case.

Title: Gastroenteritis in children - from Department of Health & Human Services
Summary: A consumer factsheet for use by hospital emergency departments about gastroenteritis in children. Gastroenteritis or gastro can be dangerous for very young babies. Gastro is common in young children and spreads easily. Gastro is a bowel infection which causes diarrhoea (runny or watery poo) and sometimes vomiting. Take your child to the doctor if they vomit often, are not drinking and show any signs of dehydration. You should also see the doctor if there is blood in the child's bowel motion.

Title: Giardiasis
Summary: The document explains causes and prevention of giardiasis, an intestinal infection causing symptoms like diarrhoea, stomach cramps and nausea.

Title: Gonorrhoea
Summary: Information on causes, treatment and prevention of gonorrhoea, including how to use a condom correctly.

Title: Haemophilus influenzae type b and Meningococcal C (Hib-MenC)
Summary: The National Immunisation Program provides free combined Hib and meningococcal C vaccine for protection against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningococcal group C disease to children at 12 months of age.

Title: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Summary: Symptoms and prevention of hand, foot and mouth disease, a usually mild illness that mainly affects children under 10.

Title: Hepatitis A : The facts
Summary: Information about symptoms, transmission, prevention, immunisation and treatment.

Title: Hepatitis B: Inflammation of the liver
Summary: Hepatitis means 'inflammation of the liver'. Hepatitis B (also referred to as hep B) is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and is a viral infection that can lead to serious illness or death.

Title: Hepatitis B - what is?
Summary: Hepatitis B is a virus that causes the liver to become inflamed and is a lifelong disease. It can be passed to others through blood and body fluid contact or during pregnancy from mother to child. We run clinics at Box Hill and Maroondah Hospitals to help treat this virus.

Title: Hygiene and infection control
Summary: Information on immunisation, exclusion of sick children and hand washing.

Title: Important facts about Rubella for the whole community
Summary: This document contains information on Rubella, including Facts, Prevention and Treatment

Title: Legionnaires disease
Summary: A guide to Legionnaire's disease, including, causes, prevention, symptoms and treatment.

Title: Leptospirosis
Summary: A guide to leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can affect humans and animals, and which is more common in north eastern NSW and Queensland. People who have close contact with animals are more at risk from this disease. Information includes causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment.

Title: Listeria - the facts
Summary: Listeria infection or listeriosis, is an illness usually caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes. This factsheet provides advice for pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with suppressed immunity.

Title: Listeriosis
Summary: A guide to preventing listeria infection or listeriosis, a rare but serious foodborne disease.

Title: Mastitis
Summary: Mastitis is inflammation of the breast, which may lead to infection.

Title: Measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox immunisation information
Summary: The National Immunisation program provides free combined MMRV vaccine for protection against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox (varicella) to children at 18 months of age.

Title: Measles, mumps and rubella immunisation information
Summary: Provides information about the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine.

Title: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella - Information for parents
Summary: The new combination MMRV vaccine protects against four common childhood illnesses in a single vaccine. These illnesses can lead to serious complications such as encephalitis (brain inflammation), meningitis (infection of the tissues surrounding the brain), congenital rubella syndrome (can cause severe malformations in babies born to mothers infected with rubella during pregnancy) and bacterial skin infections (can cause scarring).

Title: Measles - community fact sheet
Summary: Measles is a very infectious viral illness. People can get unwell with measles seven (7) to 18 days after contact with a person sick with measles.

Title: Measles is about
Summary: Health facility posters provide information about measles signs and sumptoms and promote the general public and health care workers to ensure measles cases are quickly identified from other vulnerable persons.

Title: Meningitis
Summary: The brain and spinal cord are surrounded by a lining called the meninges. Infection or inflammation of the meninges is called meningitis. There is normally a fluid between the meninges and the brain or spinal cord called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). In meningitis, the CSF becomes infected.

Title: Meningococcal disease
Summary: Information about meningococcal disease, an uncommon but serious disease, which is more likely to affect small children, adolescents and young adults. Includes symptoms, prevention and treatment.

Title: Meningococcal secondary school vaccine program consent form
Summary: This document provides information about the four-in-one combined vaccine for protection against meningococcal A, C, W, Y strains that is free to 15-19 year olds in Victoria until 31 December 2017. It must be signed by the parents/carers of eligible young people under 18 years old so they can receive the vaccine at secondary school.

Title: Murray Valley Encephalitis
Summary: A guide to Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE), a serious mosquito borne disease, usually occurring in remote north western Australia.

Title: Pandemic influenza - your questions answered
Summary: Pandemic influenza is a human disease caused by a completely new influenza virus. The virus is different to the seasonal influenza virus that normally affects humans, and may cause infection in many people because almost no one will be immune to it.

Title: Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease
Summary: Information about parvovirus B19, a common virus causing 'fifth disease', a mild illness that is more likely to affect children.

Title: Patient information MRSA in the community
Summary: This brochure answers questions about staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA, and what to do if a person has MRSA at hospital and at home.

Title: Pertussis (whooping cough)
Summary: Information about pertussis (whooping cough), a disease that can be very serious in small children, but is preventable by immunisation.

Title: Psittacosis
Summary: Information about psittacosis, an uncommon disease that can be passed to humans by birds. Includes causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment.

Title: Rabies and Bat Lyssavirus Infection
Summary: A guide to rabies and bay lyssavirus infection, serious diseases transmitted by bites and scratches from infected animals. Includes information on prevention.

Title: Reducing Infectious Diseases
Summary: It is natural that as children begin to have more contact with the wider world they become more exposed to viruses and bacteria that can cause disease.

Title: Ross River Fever
Summary: A guide to Ross River fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes which causes flu-like symptoms.

Title: Safe retrieval and disposal of needles and syringes
Summary: This resource provides information on how to dispose of needle and syringes safely and what to do in case of a needle stick injury.

Title: Salmonellosis guide
Summary: A guide to the foodborne disease, salmonellosis, including symptoms and prevention with good hygiene.

Title: Sexually Transmissible Infections booklet
Summary: Treatment is good/prevention is best. Everyone who is having sex needs to know about sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and how best to protect against them. The consequences of STIs can be very serious for ourselves and anyone we have sexual contact with.

Title: Shigellosis
Summary: A guide to shigellosis, an infection caused by the Shigella bacteria, resulting in symptoms like diarrhoea, fever, nausea and stomach cramps. Inlucdes information on prevention and treatment.

Title: TB (also known as Tuberculosis) - the facts and its treatment - Audio files
Summary: This resource is designed for migrants and refugees and explains what tuberculosis (also known as TB) is, the difference between latent TB infection and TB disease, the symptoms of active TB, how TB is spread and how to prevent it from spreading to other people. It also describes the common tests for TB and how it is treated.

Title: TB (also known as Tuberculosis) - the facts and its treatment - fact sheets
Summary: This resource is designed for migrants and refugees and explains what tuberculosis (also known as TB) is, the difference between latent TB infection and TB disease, the symptoms of active TB, how TB is spread and how to prevent it from spreading to other people. It also describes the common tests for TB and how it is treated.

Title: Tinea
Summary: Tinea is a highly contagious fungal infection that can infect the skin, affecting areas include the feet, groin, scalp and under the breasts. To ensure you receive the appropriate treatment and know about good hygiene to prevent the spread of tinea, read this information brochure.

Title: Treating Pandemic Influenza
Summary: The flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia. The flu is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. This fact sheet provides information about what symptoms to expect with the flu, and how to treat influenza with antiviral medication during a pandemic.

Title: Tuberculosis - Information for contacts
Summary: Tuberculosis, or TB for short, is a bacterial infection. It can affect almost any part of the body but most often the lungs; this is called pulmonary TB. In Australia there are just over 1000 cases of TB diagnosed each year, with approximately 400 of these in Victoria.

Title: Tuberculosis - I have a positive skin test
Summary: A skin test for tuberculosis (TB) is also called a Mantoux test or Tuberculin skin test (TST).

Title: Tuberculosis - tablets for latent infection
Summary: The most commonly used antibiotic is called Isoniazid, and taking this will reduce the chance of you becoming sick with tuberculosis disease.

Title: Tuberculosis - The Facts
Summary: Information about transmission, symptoms, testing and meaning of test results, treatment and immunisation.

Title: Tuberculosis Treatment
Summary: Information for people who are to start tuberculosis treatment. It includes potential side effects of main TB medications.

Title: Urinary Tract Infections
Summary: This fact sheets explains what is a urinary tract infection, causes and the treatment. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can target the urethra, bladder or kidneys.

Title: Viral Gastroenteritis
Summary: Information on viral gastroenteritis, including how infections is spread, prevention, symptoms and treatment.

Title: Viral illness in children
Summary: A consumer factsheet for use by hospital emergency departments about viral illness in children. Many bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, but they are useless against viral infections.

Title: What Is Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)?
Summary: A guide to MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), a bacteria which can cause infections that most antibiotics cannot kill. Includes information on prevention and treatment.

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