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The 2014/15 northern hemisphere flu season was unusually severe. The Flu death toll in Hong Kong could be the highest in 15 years . In the US it was the most severe and prolonged for a decade This may have been partly due to the fact that the yearly flu vaccine that was available was […]

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We have had numerous phone calls to the clinic regarding the media reports of persons contracting Hepatitis A from frozen berries in Australia e.g. this one. It is reported the berries were packed in a polluted river in China. This highlights how global our food sources have become, and even if we are not travelling, […]

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MEDIA RELEASE ‘Love Your Lungs at 65 Years Young’ this Pneumonia Awareness Week Almost two-in-three Queensland seniors may be jeopardising their ‘golden years’ by not protecting against an often fatal lung infection, despite being at increased risk.1 Lung Foundation Australia’s ‘Love Your Lungs at 65 Years Young’ research released today reveals 94 per cent of […]

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MEDIA RELEASE 17 APRIL 2014 Queensland doctors are issuing Aussie fans and footballers heading to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a ‘yellow card for yellow fever’. Queensland travel health pioneer, Dr Deborah Mills, aka ‘Dr Deb’, Brisbane, is joining forces today (Thursday, April 17) with the Australian medical football team, the Docceroos, […]

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QLD media release WED, FEBRUARY 5, 2014 A form of fish poisoning resembling an allergic reaction that occurs within a few hours of eating histamine-contaminated fish – was reportedly responsible for the recent deaths of an Aussie mum and daughter.   However according to Dr Deborah Mills (aka “Dr Deb”), Medical Director, Dr Deb The […]

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Media Release 12 Nov 2013 Scores of Queensland teenagers celebrating ‘Schoolies Week’ (November 16-23) offshore are oblivious to potentially fatal health hazards, according to leading travel health pioneer, Dr Deb Mills. The Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) estimates 48,500 students will graduate from Queensland high schools this year, many of whom will celebrate the milestone at […]

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Q fever

November 7th, 2013

Q fever is an infectious disease which was discovered in 1937 by Dr Edward Derrick, a pathologist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital after an outbreak of febrile illness in Queensland abattoir workers. It occurs after exposure to wild and domestic animals, with the most common animal sources being cattle, sheep, goats, kangaroos, camels and cats. […]

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HIV and Travel

October 26th, 2013

Guest Blogger – Dr Wendy Munckhof At the 2013 Australasian HIV and AIDS conference held in Darwin this week, it was reported that 1.6 million people worldwide died of AIDS in 2012, and more than 10 million people are currently taking medication to treat HIV infection. Most of the burden of HIV infection globally is […]

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TB Vaccine ( BCG ) Brisbane

October 15th, 2013

The ‘normal’ BCG ( TB vaccine) is currently unavailable in Australia. Limited supplies of a different brand are available in the clinic now ( 19.11.16) The TB vaccine is not recommended for those living in Australia. TB is quite rare here. Travellers visiting High Risk TB countries need to be aware of  TB prevention strategies. […]

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World Rabies Day 2013

September 27th, 2013

QLD media release and media outcomes FOR WORLD RABIES DAY SAT, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 ‘Look, but don’t touch’ urges Queensland rabies expert A leading travel-health pioneer will issue Queenslanders with a public health warning today (Saturday, September 28) about the risks associated with a disease that kills an estimated 55,000 people each year.1 Dr Deborah […]

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