Disease WAtch

Disease WAtch was the newsletter of Communicable Disease Control in Western Australia.

It provided analysis, expert opinion and hot issues relating to infectious disease control in Western Australia.

Disease WAtch is no longer being produced. 

If you would like a copy of an archived report email cdc@health.wa.gov.au.


  • Vol. 18 No. 2, July 2014 (external site)
    Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection made notifiable; Campaign bid to boost varicella vaccination rates; Trends in notifications of HIV infection in WA; Hot HIV Topics in 2014; Decline in HPV vaccination across three scheduled doses: A tale of two sexes.
  • Vol. 18 No. 1, May 2014 (external site)
    Measles cases linked to Philippines outbreak; Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China; WA lifts uptake in antenatal influenza vaccination; Regional teams working to 'Close the Gap' sexually transmitted infections; Bold new direction for 2014 chlamydia campaign; Rising immunisation rates a win for regional WA; Community alliance helping to promote immunisation.


  • Vol. 17 No. 4, December 2013 (external site)
    Returned travellers from Bali behind spike in chikungunya virus infections; Community-associated Clostridium difficile infection—an emerging issue; Texts help monitor safety of influenza vaccine in pregnant women; Insight into influenza vaccine uptake among WA Health staff; Child influenza vaccination rate low despite rise in uptak ; New HIV and STI training for nurses; Online service makes ordering brochures easy; Guide clarifies HIV disclosure issues; Review of notifiable infectious diseases, Western Australia, 2012
  • Vol. 17 No.3, October 2013 (external site)
    Changes to the community-associated MRSA program and what they mean for GPs; Influenza activity update - 2013 winter season; Provider data give insight into vaccination rates; Checking the school entry immunisation status of children; Providers urged to keep ACIR up to date; New treatment guidelines for Neisseria gonorrhoeae; An approach to refugee health assessment; Chronic hepatitis B contact tracing in metropolitan Perth; Video promotes benefits of HPV vaccination for young males; New multi-lingual digital factsheets on sexual health and blood-borne viruses.
  • Vol. 17 No.2, June 2013 (external site)
    New combined measles mumps rubella varicella vaccine introduced; New State immunisation plan launched; New definition for fully vaccinated child; Australia commits to new HIV/AIDS targets; Increasing gonorrhoea notifications among non-Aboriginal Western Australians; Increasing impact of Bali travel on infectious disease notifications in Western Australia.
  • Vol. 17 No.1, March 2013 (external site)
    Evaluation of the Backpackers Project; Influenza vaccination in pregnancy; New and emerging treatments for hepatitis C; Boys focus of 2013 HPV Campaign; Mumps outbreak in Perth; New resources for Aboriginal communities; Forums focus on STIs and BBVs; 2012 Western Australian Vaccine Safety Surveillance Annual Report.


  • Vol. 16 No. 5, December 2012 (external site)
    Bali travel behind spike in dengue fever; Almonds linked to Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak; Measles outbreak highlights importance of immunisation; West leads way in web-based vaccine ordering; New resources to aid in hepatitis C care; New call for action on HIV; Australia adopts policy on testing for hepatitis B virus; Statement urges action on hepatitis; Providers reminded of IPD vaccination recommendations; Immunisation win for Wheatbelt.
  • Vol. 16 No.4, October 2012 (external site)
    Boys set to get HPV vaccine; Report sheds light on STI rates; GPs polled on chlamydia initiative; STI and hepatitis on-line learning resources for health professionals; New HIV case management guidelines; 2012 Influenza season at a glance; Mapping immunisation coverage data.
  • Vol. 16 No.3, July 2012  (external site)
    Immunisation providers warned to prepare for rush; Backpackers urged to play it safe; UN declares deadline for HIV/AIDS; Campaign calls for HIV treatment talks; Moves to help GPs manage patients with HIV infection; Move enables M Clinic expansion; New national guideline for acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease; Review of Notifiable Diseases, 2011.
  • Vol. 16 No.2, May 2012 (external site)
    Plan to boost preschool immunisation rates; State extends vaccination program for new parents; Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to chickens; Providers urged to help cut wastage; Get the Facts gets all new look; Support sought to boost immunisation catch-up; Policy on hepatitis C testing revised.
  • Vol. 16 No.1, March 2012 (external site)
    Ongoing pertussis epidemic in Western Australia; Influenza Update; Where to go for the right public health advice; Year 7 school-based immunisation program; Young people target of 2012 chlamydia campaign; Health accolade for online program; Guidelines for managing STIs – now available for your iPad; Free hepatitis vaccines for at-risk groups.


  • Vol. 15 No. 4, December 2011 (PDF 2.77MB)
    HIV testing policy updated; Prevenar 13 program outlined; Body art guide revised; Vaccine safety update; Hepatitis B serology interpreted; Improvement in antenatal testing.
  • Vol. 15 No. 3, October 2011 (PDF 1.77MB)
    From the Director’s Desk; More children to get Prevenar 13; ‘Chlamydia. Could I have it?’ Is it working?; Recent trends in HIV notifications in WA; Register now for immunisation updates; Protecting vaccine potency; Review of notifiable diseases, 2010.
  • Vol. 15 No. 2, July 2011 (PDF 600KB)
    Vaccine upgrade to widen pneumococcal protection; New booklet helps parents to talk about sex; Register now for immunisation updates; Clinic for men reaching high-risk group; Update on influenza season; Invasive pneumococcal disease trends in Western Australia, 2001-2010.
  • Vol. 15 No. 1, April 2011 (PDF 592KB)
    Pertussis vaccination program for parents, grandparents and carers of new born babies; Chlamydia testing and partner notification: tips for implementation; WA Vaccine Safety Surveillance (WAVSS): a one-stop shop for reporting and following up adverse effects following immunisation; STI guides for doctors and nurses now online; Salmonella Typhimurium outbreaks in Western Australia associated with Vietnamese pork rolls; Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease associated with a resort hotel in Kuta, Bali.


  • Vol. 14 No. 4, November 2010 (PDF 568KB)
    Hepatitis B on-line resource for health professionals; Recalls for children with overdue immunisation show promise; Gonorrhoea treatment in metropolitan Perth; The 2010 influenza season at a glance; Decline in Hepatitis A incidence in WA.
  • Vol. 14 No. 3, August 2010 (PDF 302KB)
    Cyclospora outbreaks on a cruise ship; A measles outbreak with transmission in WA healthcare settings; Severe febrile reactions to the 2010 CSL trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in young children; Hepatitis B e-learning program for health professionals; WA transition to online vaccine ordering.
  • Vol. 14 No. 2, June 2010 (PDF 368KB)
    Guidelines for managing STIs - now online; Suspension of influenza vaccination for children less than five years; Update on Perth measles outbreak; Review of notifiable diseases 2009.
  • Vol. 14 No. 1, February 2010 (PDF 341KB)
    Update Rabies in Bali; Disease Update Pertussis in Western Australia; Vaccination against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B in Patients with Hepatitis C; Immunisation Update; Online Chlamydia Testing.


  • Vol. 13 No. 2, December 2009 (PDF 504KB)
    Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza in Western Australia; Influenza Pandemic H1N1 2009 Vaccine Roll-Out in WA; Evaluation of STI Management Guidelines prompts an update; Review of Notifiable Diseases 2008; New Sexually Transmitted Infections Contact Tracing Training Package; hep C E-learning Programs for GPs and Nurses; Panvax H1N1 Vaccine Guidelines.
  • Vol. 13 No. 1, March 2009 (PDF 245KB)
    Paediatric influenza vaccination program: A major success; Reader's Survey, a major success; ALERT - Changes to 2009 immunisation schedule.


  • Vol. 12 No. 7, November 2008 (PDF 339KB)
    Non-occupational Post-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV; Rabies and Australian Bat Lyssavirus Q & A for Doctors; Childhood Influenza Vaccine Trial; HPV Vaccination Update; Recording Aboriginality on Laboratory Request Forms; Audit of Antenatal Screening for STIs and BBVs; 2008 Influenza Season at a Glance.
  • Readers' Survey 2008 (PDF 704KB)
    This is a PDF form that allows you the viewer to download the PDF and email or print and fax back your filled out survey back to us. This will increase our understanding of our readership and tailor our publication to better suit what you want to read about.
  • Vol. 12 No. 6, September 2008 (PDF 464KB)
    STI Testing Guidelines For Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM); Review of Notifiable Diseases, January – June 2008; WA Leading the Way in Migrant Health; GPs Urged to Give Parents and Child Care Providers a dTpa Booster as Pertussis Infections Rise Among Infants in WA.
  • Vol. 12 No. 5, August 2008 (PDF 330KB)
    Syphilis and Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) on the Rise in Perth; Tuberculosis Control in WA; Listeriosis in Neonates.
  • Vol. 12 No. 4, June 2008 (PDF 445KB)
    Update on the Flu Vaccine Campaign; ‘Chikungunya Virus Infection’ declared a Notifiable Disease in Western Austalia; Chlamydia Campaign update; Antibiotic Resistance in WA Gonococci and Empirical Treatment Recommendations; Recommended changes to MMR Schedule in the 9th Edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook.
  • Vol. 12 No. 3, April 2008 (PDF 212KB)
    Childhood Flu Vaccine (Directors Desk); Virulent strains of community-associated MRSA; Review of Vaccine Distribution processes in Western Australia; Hepatitis A and B vaccines for patients with hepatitis C; Choices and Responsibilities for HIV Positive People.
  • Vol. 12 No. 2, March 2008 (PDF 855KB)
    Influenza Vaccine Supply; Dengue Fever Risk in Bali; China Collaboration; Review of Notifiable Diseases 2007; Funded Vaccines for Refugee Catch up; Sexual Health Training for GPs April 2008; Requirements to Notify Infectious Diseases on Doctors and Laboratories; Change in WA Vaccination Schedule due to Pedvax Shortage; Typhoid: A Traveller's Infection.
  • Vol. 12 No. 1, January 2008 (PDF 302KB)
    Paediatric Influenza Immunisation: The 2008 metropolitan trial; Scope of the Problem. Influenza and WA Health; Errata and Clarification on Yellow Fever Vaccination; Population Wide Benefits of Influenza Immunisation in Children; Perth Metropolitan Area Case-Control Study of Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in Preschool Children; Sexual Health Training for GPs.


  • Vol. 11 No. 7, December 2007 (PDF 391KB)
    Fighting the pandemic with Christmas Trees; Viral meningitis in the Kimberley Region; Worried about interest rate rises? Wait till you see the syphilis rate; Intussusception; Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Viruses; GP Sexual Health Training; Unique Opportunity to Limit the Impact of Epidemic MRSA Clones; Safe Holiday Feasting.
  • Vol. 11 No. 6, November 2007 (PDF 644KB)
    New Program to Increase Chlamydia Testing in General Practice. Yellow Fever Vaccination. Acute Rheumatic Fever now a Notifiable Disease. The Wa Gastro Pack — Guidelines for the Management of Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis in Residential Care Facilities.
  • Vol. 11 No. 5, October 2007 (PDF 630KB)
    Consultation with Young People on Sexual Health Education. Mumps; Psittacosis; Infectious Disease Notification Update; New resources for young people.
  • Vol. 11 No. 4, August 2007 (PDF 570KB)
    From the Director's Desk (Influenza); Pandemic and General Practitioners; New Virus News Networks being set up in WA; Review of notifiable diseases; Hepatitis C Education Course for Health Care Professionals.
  • Vol. 11 No. 3, July 2007 (PDF 350KB)
    Viral Gastroenteritis; Chlamydia Testing now recommended for all Pregnant Women; Think Influenza!;Rotavirus; Introducing the WA Endemic Regions STI/HIV Control Supplement.
  • Vol. 11 No. 2, April 2007(PDF 324KB)
    Human Papilloma Vaccine Schedule for WA; Influenza Vaccine 2007; Updated National HIV Testing Policy; HIV Notifications in WA.
  • Vol. 11 No. 1, February 2007 (PDF 250KB)
    Cryptosporidiosis alert; Notifiable diseases, 2002 to 2006; Sentinel Practitioners Network; Guidelines for Managing STIs - new edition.


  • Vol. 10 No. 6, December 2006 (PDF 218KB)
    Trends in meningococcal disease in WA. Transmission of meningococcal disease. Meningococcal B vaccines - a new hope?. Genotyping of meningococcal strains from WA. Syphilis alert. Increased risk of listeriosis over the festive season. Erratum Rickettsial Spotted Fever in WA.
  • Vol. 10 No. 5, October 2006 (PDF 356KB)
    Needle and Syringe Programs: A sound public health strategy; STI contact tracing for busy GPs; Community MRSA update; Human Papilloma Virus; Operations Cumpston and Perinthus.
  • Vol. 10 No. 4, September 2006 (PDF 304KB) 
    Recent changes to infectious diseases legislation; Notifiable diseases, January to June 2006.
  • Vol. 10 No. 3, July 2006 (PDF 285KB)
    Overseas acquired HIV; A clinical challenge (overseas traveller); Eligibility criteria for National Varicella Vaccination Program; Listeria in WA; Norovirus in aged-care facilities; DIY Chlamydia testing.
  • Vol. 10 No. 2, June 2006 (PDF 340KB)
    Measles outbreak; New rotavirus vaccines; Avian flu clinical trial; Chlamydia campaign; Avian influenza vaccine.
  • Vol. 10 No. 1 April 2006 (PDF 292KB)
    Respiratory illness on a cruise ship; Salmonellosis outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts; Liver biopsy and hepatitis c treatment; WA immunisation schedule; Notifiable diseases, 2001 to 2005

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