Communicable diseases prevention

Communicable diseases prevention

We provide leadership and direction in developing and managing communicable diseases prevention and control activities that target the whole population or specific groups.

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fluTAS brandThe fluTAS Report is a regular flu season update to inform healthcare organisations and the public about the current level of flu disease activity in Tasmania.

Multiple data sources are used to obtain some measure of flu disease activity in the community.

Email Communicable Disease Prevention to provide feedback on the fluTAS Report.

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Flu (or influenza) comes around every winter. Vaccination is your best protection against catching flu.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)

Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are those that can be transmitted from person to person through sexual contact. Notifiable STIs in Tasmania include chlamydia, gonococcal infection, syphilis, donovanosis and Lymphogranuloma vereneum (LGV) infection. This section includes descriptive epidemiological reports of STIs in Tasmania.

Other notifiable infections may be transmitted sexually but will be included in future reports in other categories, such as Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs).

Communicable diseases

A communicable disease is an illness caused by a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal or inaminate reservoir (e.g. from a food source or contaminated water) to a susceptible host.