Health Alerts

Pertussis (whooping cough) alert

Information for NSW General Practitioners & Aboriginal Medical Services Cases of pertussis are increasing across NSW, particularly among school aged children Patients with symptoms consistent…

NSW Health Alert: Lead-Contaminated Opium

Information for General Practitioners, Drug and Alcohol Clinicians and Emergency Departments: NSW Health recommends blood lead level screening for any patient suspected of ingesting or inhaling…

GONORRHOEA – antimicrobial resistance

Two cases of gonorrhoea with high level resistance to ceftriaxone, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, penicillin and tetracycline were diagnosed in Australia in February and March 2018


Public health investigation of an outbreak of locally-acquired hepatitis A during February and March 2018 is linked to eating frozen pomegranate arils purchased from Coles during the incubation period.

Listeria Outbreak Update

Information for clinicians 1. A national outbreak of listeriosis has been reported related to rockmelon 2. Advise patients at increased risk of listeriosis to avoid…


There has been a cluster of Legionella pneumophila with three confirmed cases notified, all caused by serogroup 1, with onsets between 3 and 5 February. All the cases have spent time in or near the Castle Hill CBD in their incubation period.