The Health Act 1956 requires medical practices and other agencies or institutions, to report the following notifiable disease types to the local Medical Officer of Health:
- Common enterics (e.g. Campylobacter, Salmonella, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Yersinia)
- Serious enteric (e.g. Typhoid, Shigella, Cholera, Paratyphoid, Listeria, Hepatitis A)
- Vaccine preventable (e.g. Measles, Mumps, Pertussis/Whooping Cough, Rubella)
- Other Serious (e.g. Meningitis, Legionella, Mosquito borne, Avian Influenza, Hepatitis B and C)
The Communicable Disease Team’s response depends on the seriousness of the disease, and could involve:
- A postal or phone questionnaire, hospital visit and/or interview
- Taking samples from an infected person to discover if they are contagious or are no longer infected.
- An investigation into the source of the infection.
- Offering preventative medication to people who have been in contact with an infected person.
Contact the Communicable Disease staff at your local office for further information:
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6484
Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091
Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169