What is monkeypox? Information from the Victorian Department of Health

What is monkeypox? Information from the Victorian Department of Health

Health & Wellness

25-05-2022

Key messages

  • Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.
  • There have been several cases of monkeypox reported internationally and local transmission has occurred among these cases.
  • The spread of monkeypox typically requires prolonged face-to-face contact. It may spread from person-to-person through skin-to skin contact, contact with infected surfaces or items, and respiratory transmission.
  • There is currently one case of monkeypox identified in Victoria, a man in his 30s who recently returned from the United Kingdom and is isolating away from the community.
  • The case was infectious while travelling on the following flights: 
    • flight EY10 which departed London on 14 May and landed in Abu Dhabi at 0615 
    • flight EY462 which departed Abu Dhabi on 15 May and landed in Melbourne at 0545 on 16 May.
  • As a precaution, anyone who travelled on these flights is being urged to monitor for symptoms. Anyone developing symptoms should seek medical care, wearing a mask and calling ahead to make sure they can be isolated away from others.
  • Clinicians should consider testing for monkeypox in returned travellers with compatible symptoms.

What is the issue?

Monkeypox is endemic in Central and West Africa. When cases are detected outside Africa they are usually identified in returned travellers who visited endemic areas. Read More >

Help clear sniffly, snuffly noses with Fess Nasal Spray.

Help clear sniffly, snuffly noses with Fess Nasal Spray.

Health & Wellness

13-05-2022

It’s a non-medicated, saline spray which gently loosens and thins mucus to help babies to breathe easier, naturally.
Speak to our pharmacists to see if this product may be suitable for you and your family. Always read the label and follow directions for use.
photo credit @fess_anz

 
May be an image of person and child
 
 

Climate change is affecting our health

Climate change is affecting our health

Health & Wellness

13-04-2022

  • Climate change is a change in the world’s weather systems that occurs over decades. Most of the recent changes in our climate have been brought about by human activity.
  • These changes will have significant consequences for our health, wellbeing and safety.
  • Effects of climate change include increasing air and sea temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, more frequent and increasingly severe extreme weather events and sea level rise. 
  • Climate change may affect our health and wellbeing through the impacts of extreme events, worsening air quality, changes in the spread of infectious diseases, threats to food and water quality and quantity and effects on our mental health.
  • There are things we can all do now to build our resilience to the effects of climate change and help slow its pace.

Climate change affecting our health

Japanese Encephalitis Detected in Victoria

Japanese Encephalitis Detected in Victoria

Health & Wellness

18-03-2022

May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'VICTORIA State State Government Department of Health JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS DETECTED IN VICTORIA WHAT YOU NEED tO KNOW health.vic.gov.au'
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a rare but potentially serious infection of the brain caused by a virus spread to humans through mosquito bites.
In the last week JEV has been detected in pigs in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
No cases of JEV have been detected in humans, however several cases of encephalitis with no identified cause have been detected in NSW and SA in the past month.
Most JEV infections are asymptomatic, however those with severe infection (less than one per cent) may experience neck stiffness, coma, and more rarely, permanent neurological complications or death.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms, particularly if they’ve visited regions near the border of Victoria and New South Wales or been in contact with pigs, should seek urgent medical attention.
Avoid mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent containing picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin. Wear long, loose fitting clothing when outside, and ensure accommodation, including tents, are properly fitted with mosquito nettings or screens.

Mental health resources available

Mental health resources available

Health & Wellness

08-02-2022

Returning to in-person learning may present uncertainties for you, your child or other family members. To support Victorian children returning to school we have created a hub of resources, so you don’t feel alone.
You can find access to The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne‘s latest podcasts, free online courses with Triple P Parenting and more at: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/…/children-young… 

 
May be an image of 2 people, child and text that says 'Return to on-site learning: Mental health resources for children and families BetterHealth Channel'

Tips to beat the bite

Tips to beat the bite

Health & Wellness

15-01-2022

Children are vulnerable to mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases that could make them sick, so it’s up to us to help kids beat the bite.
To protect children from mozzies:
🦟 Limit their outdoor activity when mosquito numbers are high.
Make sure they wear long, loose-fitting clothing outdoors.
🦟 Apply a thin, even layer of mosquito repellent to all exposed skin, avoiding hands, eyes and mouth. Choose a lower strength repellent for young children and babies (no more than 20% picaridin or DEET).
🦟 If your child has sensitive skin (or is bothered by the smell of DEET) use picaridin or apply repellent to their clothes instead.
🦟 Drape a mosquito net over the pram, stroller or infant carrier (make sure there are no gaps).
May be an image of text that says 'BEAT THE BITE! Bett Channel HOW TO: Protect children from mosquitoes'

MooGoo Hair Care – safe for children and adults

MooGoo Hair Care – safe for children and adults

Health & Wellness

29-11-2021

Keep hair happy and healthy…naturally…with the MooGoo Hair Care Collection.
Non-irritating to sensitive scalps, and safe for adults and kids.
photo credit @moogooskincare