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Media Release Archive - 2014

The following media releases were issued by the Department of Health in 2014. For releases as of January 2015, please visit the  NT Government departmental releases and select "Department of Health" under the "All agencies" drop down list.

For further information or pre 2014 departmental releases, please contact our Media Team.

Ross River virus season warning
30
 
December
 
2014
Top End residents are being urged to remain vigilant and keep protecting themselves against mosquitoes.
Action on Health Promotion as NT marks World Diabetes Day
14
 
November
 
2014
A tool box for health promotion action has been developed as the Northern Territory focuses on curbing the burden of chronic conditions.
Measles warning following Bali case
6
 
November
 
2014
Territorians are being warned to be alert for measles and to ensure they are immune, particularly if they are travelling to Bali
Years biggest tide triggers mozzie influx
21
 
October
 
2014
The year's biggest tide of 7.75 metres on 10 October has led to an increase of salt marsh mosquitoes in the Darwin region.
Robinson River Water Boil Alert cancelled
20
 
October
 
2014
The Robinson River water supply is once again safe to drink and a water boil alert issued on Friday has been lifted.
Water Boil Alert for Robinson River
17
 
October
 
2014
A precautionary advice for drinking water (water boil alert) has been issued for the Robinson River community follwoing the detection of E.coli bacterial   in the community's water supply.
Bat Lyssavirus detected again in NT
16
 
September
 
2014
All Territorians are being reminded to keep clear of bats as they may be carrying the deadly Australian Bat Lyssavirus.
Trauma Centre deployed for Tour de Timor
12
 
September
 
2014
The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre will deploy a medical response team to provide medical support to this weekend's annual Tour de Timor mountain bike race in Timor-Leste.
New Chief Operating Officer appointed
4
 
September
 
2014
The Board of the Central Australia Health Service (CAHS) today announced the appointment of Ms Sue Korner to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for a term of four years.
Dengue mosquitoes found in Darwin
4
 
September
 
2014
Exotic mosquitoes that are capable of carrying the dengue virus have been detected at Darwin's East Arm Wharf and work is underway to eliminate them from the area.
Improving health equity to reduce chronic disease
3
 
September
 
2014
Promoting health equity and innovative ways to improve health outcomes through a partnership approach will be the focus of a national conference in Alice Springs this week.
Influenza takes hold in Alice Springs
2
 
September
 
2014
As influenza takes hold in Alice Springs, Territorians are being reminded it's not too late to consider having an influenza injection.
Hay the cause of infections in Territorians
1
 
September
 
2014
Residents in the Top End are being urged to wear protective clothing when handling mulching hay, after ten people contracted a nasty fungal disease.
Health Warning - smoky conditions around Darwin
1
 
September
 
2014
People in Darwin who are prone to asthma and other respiratory conditions are being warned to avoid breathing in smoke as a slow burning fire around the Shoal Bay area causes smoky conditions in the city's suburbs.
Kunjin disease warning
23
 
Aug
 
2014
Residents and visitors of the Top End are being urged to protect themselves against mosquitoes, as there is continuing evidence of Kunjin virus activity in the Darwin Region.
Biting midges to increase with full moon
6
 
Aug
 
2014
Biting midges will be out in high numbers from 8 to 14 August coinciding with the full moon.
World Hepatitis Day - Love Your Liver
26
 
July
 
2014
World Hepatitis Day on Monday 28 July aims to raise awareness and understanding about viral hepatitis and encourages people to love your liver.
Water Boil Alert Cancelled for Elliott
23
 
July
 
2014
The water boil alert for the community of Elliot has been lifted and the water supply is once again safe to drink.
Influenza cases on the rise in Australia
18
 
July
 
2014
The Centre for Disease Control strongly encourages Territorians who have not yet received the 2014 influenza vaccine to do so now as the number of cases of influenza reported in Australia is on the rise.
NT free of dengue mozzie again
8
 
July
 
2014
An infestation of the dengue mosquito in Tennant Creek has been successfully eliminated.
Territorians to be alert for measles
5
 
July
 
2014
Territorians are being warned to watch out for measles symptoms after a case was confirmed in a traveller on a flight from the Philippines.
Have a safe Territory Day
26
 
Jun
 
2014
To ensure a safer Territory Day celebration the Department of Health is asking people to take a few simple precautions to reduce the risk of injury.
More dengue is coming home from holidays
12
 
Jun
 
2014
The NT Centre for Disease Control (CDC) is again reminding travellers to South East Asia to guard against disease carrying mosquitoes, especially those transmitting the dengue fever virus, which bite during daytime and live around urban areas.
Territorians to be alert for measles
6
 
June
 
2014
Territorians are being warned to watch out for measles symptoms after a case was confirmed in an Australian following travel to Bali.The case travelled while infectious on Jetstar flight JQ 678 from Melbourne arriving in Darwin at 2 am on Saturday the 31st of May.
Mosquito warning for long weekend
6
 
June
 
2014
Top End residents are advised to protect themselves from mosquitoes when being out and about over the coming long weekend to avoid mosquito transmitted disease such as Ross River virus (RRV) and the potentially fatal Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE). Director of Medical Entomology, Ms Kurucz warns people not to be complacent as there are elevated numbers of the common banded mosquito present in rural areas that can potentially carry RRV and MVE.
Kunjin disease warning
4
 
June
 
2014
Residents and visitors of the Top End and the Barkly region are being urged to protect themselves against mosquitoes, as there is evidence for Kunjin virus activity. The warning is in response to recent evidence of Kunjin infection detected in sentinel chickens around Darwin, Katherine and possibly Tennant Creek.
NT marks World Immunisation Week
24
 
April
 
2014
The Department of Health is encouraging Territorians to check their immunisation records and make sure everyone in their family is up to date with their vaccines as the NT takes part in World Immunisation Week (24-30 April).
Easter campers warned against food poisining this Easter
17
 
April
 
2014
The Department of Health's Environmental Health branch is arming Territorians with safe food handling tips to avoid a bout of food poisoning this Easter.
Trauma centre deploys doctor to Solomon Islands
16
 
April
 
2014
The National Critical Care and Trauma Response  Centre has sent  a doctor to the Solomon Islands following the devastating floods which have affected the country since the start of April.
Avoid mosquito bites this Easter
15
 
April
 
2014
With many NT residents preoparing to enjoy the Easter weekend outdoors, the Department of Health is urnging people to remember to protect against mosquito-borne diseases.
Beware of itchy caterpillars
10
 
April
 
2014
Itchy caterpillars are currently in high numbers in the Top End, prompting a warning from the Department of Health for people to stay well clear of the cute but irritating little creatures.
Measles outbreak over
9
 
April
 
2014
The measles outbreak that began in the Top End of the NT in January has been declared over.
High risk period for mosquito virus
17
 
March
 
2014
Residents and visitors of the Darwin, Katherine and Barkly regions are being urged to protect themselves against mosquitoes, as these areas are now in the high risk period for Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE).
Measles update - 46 cases
3
 
March
 
2014
The measles outbreak in the Top End of the NT is continuing with the total of confirmed measles cases reaching 46 since mid-January. The Centre for Disease Control says cases are decreasing but still expects there to be more cases over coming weeks.
Measles outbreak continues
17
 
February
 
2014
The measles outbreak in the Top End is continuing with the total number of confirmed measles cases reaching 29 since mid-January. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) expects there to be more cases over coming weeks.
Measles case on Manila to Darwin flight
7
 
February
 
2014
There are now 19 confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease measles that have been diagnosed in the Top End over the past three weeks.
Wet weather increases Ross River virus risk
5
 
February
 
2014
Top End residents are being urged to protect themselves against mosquitoes, with Ross River virus (RRV) cases expected to increase over the coming weeks due to recent wet weather.
Measles alert update - 15 cases in NT
3
 
February
 
2014
There are now 15 confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease measles diagnosed in the Top End over the past two weeks with several more cases pending laboratory confirmation.
Numbulwar Water Boil Alert cancelled
2
 
February
 
2014
The Numbulwar water supply is once again safe to drink after samples from the community's water supply were confirmed today as being free of any harmful bacteria.
Measles cases climb in Darwin area
31
 
January
 
2014
There are now seven confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease measles diagnosed in Darwin over the past two weeks. Territorians are being warned to be alert for measles and to get immunised if required.
Numbulwar Water Boil Alert
29
 
January
 
2014
A water boil alert has been issued for Numbulwar following the detection of the E.Coli bacteria in the community's water supply.
Measles Alert - fourth case
29
 
January
 
2014
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a further alert for measles following the confirmation of a fourth case in the last two weeks. All cases are Australians and are related directly or indirectly to international travel.
Measles Alert
21
 
January
 
2014
Territorians are being warned to be alert for measles and get immunised if required following confirmation of a case of the highly contagious disease in Darwin this week.
Tropical low brings melioidosis threat
16
 
January
 
2014
The tropical low that has tracked across parts of the Top End over recent days has brought with it rain, wind and a warning from the Centre for Disease Control to protect against melioidosis.