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Interaction with health workers improved awareness and desired care-seeking practices for childhood illness in Sundarban backward zone, West Bengal, India, 2010.

Background: Integrated management of neonatal and childhood illness programme (IMNCI) aims to reduce child death through improving skill of health-care staff and educating mothers to identify danger signs and seeking prompt care. Before implementation, we assessed the situation in geographically vulnerable Sundarban area of West Bengal State, India during 2010.

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2008
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First author (presenter) Ajay K. Chakraborty Co-author- R. Ramakrishnan, M. Murheker National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai-600077, Tamilnadu, India

Presenter (s): 
Dr. Ajay Chakraborty
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Social contacts of student cases of Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 during implementation of social distancing measures in May-June 2009 - Victoria, Australia

Background: Schools play an important role in disease transmission during an influenza pandemic given the high rates of social contact between students. In this study we describe the social contacts of confirmed student cases of Pandemic Influenza A(H1N1) 2009 in Victoria, Australia.

Year: 
2009
Author (s): 

Caroline van Gemert, I Bergeri, J Fielding, N Higgins, R Lester, H Vally, E McBryde, M Hellard

Presenter (s): 
Ms. Caroline van Gemert
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Transmission of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza on international flightsAustralia 2009

Background: The emergence of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza (pH1N1) in Mexico and the United States with rapid spread to Europe and the Pacific is testament to the ease of transmission of infectious disease by international flights. Understanding the dynamics of in-flight spread is important for prioritising public health response to pandemic incursions. Therefore a study to investigate the spread of pH1N1 from confirmed cases on flights to Australia was undertaken. The spread of other influenza-like illness (ILI) was also documented.

Year: 
2009
Author (s): 

A. Ruth Foxwell12, L. Roberts12, K. Lokuge1 and P. Kelly1 1Communicable Disease and Surveillance Branch, Office of Health Protection, Department of Health and Ageing Australian Government 2National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Austral

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Dr. Ruth Foxwell
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Secondary transmission of pandemic Influenza A(H1N1) 2009 in families during May-June 2009 - Victoria, Australia

Background: The aim of this study was to describe transmission of Pandemic Influenza A(H1N1) 2009 in Victorian families, and to identify risk factors for intra-family secondary transmission.

Year: 
2009
Author (s): 

Caroline van Gemert, I Bergeri, J Fielding, N Higgins, R Lester, H Vally, E McBryde, M Hellard

Presenter (s): 
Ms. Caroline van Gemert

Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC): Analysis of serotype changes over time in South Australia, 1997-2009

Background: Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) causes significant illness around the globe. South Australia enhanced the surveillance of STEC in 1996 following a serious outbreak of paediatric haemolytic uraemic syndrome (a severe complication of STEC infection) as a result of E. coli O111:H contaminated mettwurst. An analysis of the STEC surveillance data was conducted to assess changes in STEC serotypes over the period 1997 to 2009.

Year: 
2010
Author (s): 

Amy E. Parry, A.Dyda, M.McCallum, M.McPherson, J.Raupach

Presenter (s): 
Ms. Amy Parry

An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium associated with Bakery X franchises in Queensland, Australia.

Background: On the 21st of May 2010, Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services identified fourteen cases of Salmonella Typhimurium (STm) infection with the same or similar genotype. Hypothesis-generating interviews identified the consumption of food from BakeryX franchises as a common exposure amongst eight cases.

Year: 
2009
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Authors: Lisa J. Whop1, 2, 3, RJ. Stafford3, K. Lokuge2 1 OzFoodNet, Communicable Disease Branch, Queensland Health, Queensland, Australia 2 National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Australian Capital

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Ms. Lisa Whop

Online questionnaires: improving timeliness of outbreak investigations

Background: In April 2010 the South Australian Department of Health investigated a gastro-intestinal outbreak at a church camp (n=89). As email addresses were available for all attendees an online questionnaire was adopted for the first time in South Australia. Online questionnaires are an innovative technology that enables fast data analysis and rapid public health response to suspected outbreaks. This new technique for outbreak investigation was compared to a recent departmental paper-based cohort investigation (n=328).

Year: 
2010
Author (s): 

Amy E. Parry, K.Byron-Gray, D.Johnson, J.Raupach, M.McPherson

Presenter (s): 
Ms. Amy Parry
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