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Top end Melioidosis health risk – useful info

2012 February 7
by anthea

Important news and links from Australian Indigenous HealthinfoNet – Feb 3:

“If you’re in the Northern Territory you’ll be aware that the Wet Season has once again brought the risk of melioidosis disease. 37 cases have already been diagnosed in the NT since the start of the Wet.

Given the severity of the disease, which results in hospitalisation and is potentially fatal, Top Enders are being strongly warned to protect themselves from contact with mud, ground water and soil, including aerosolized soil which can be inhaled into the lungs.

To read the full NT Health Department warning, click here:

http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Agency/News_Archive/Melioidosis_Risk_Continues_During_Ongoing_Wet/indexdl_4473.aspx

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has a couple of resources you can use to teach people about melioidosis:
* Leaflet produced by Indigenous Communities Environmental Health:

http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/promotion-resources?lid=20621
* 10-minute Yolngu radio program produced by Aboriginal Resource Development Services:

http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/promotion-resources?lid=20560

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