Infectious diseases occur frequently throughout the world and constant vigilance is required to prevent their reappearance.
Health authorities depend on medical practitioners for information on the incidence of infectious diseases, which enables the Department of Human Services to ensure that the sources of the disease are investigated.
In some instances, Council’s Environmental Health Team are involved in the investigations, particularly when a food-borne disease is involved or the patient is a food handler.
The Department of Health has disease information and advice to help assist in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. If you believe you have an infectious disease, please visit your local General Practitioner as soon as possible.
If you have school-aged children this School Exclusion Table lists the minimum time that children should be excluded from school and day care centres for particular diseases or conditions. For more information visit the Department of Health website.