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AustraliaOne dead after infection outbreak linked to Townsville floods

11:25  12 february  2019
11:25  12 february  2019 Source:

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Man hospitalised for six weeks with flood-related infection Richard Vernon was rushed to hospital suffering exhaustion, a headache and serious illness linked to Melioidosis – spread from the North Queensland floods.

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One dead after infection outbreak linked to Townsville floods© AAP An urgent health warning has been issued to residents of Townsville after one person was killed and 10 others have contracted bacterial infections from Melioidosis. The aftermath of the catastrophic floods in Townsville has claimed a life, following an outbreak of a bacteria infection.

Dr Julie Mudd from Townsville's Public Health Unit confirmed another 10 people were being treated for melioidosis.

"As of today, there has been a further two confirmed cases of melioidoses taking the number of cases to 10 and sadly we've also had one death," she told 9News.

"Given the scale of the flooding we are expecting to see increasing numbers of a range of infections, not just melioidosis, and we are proactively testing for these illnesses.

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"Melioidosis and many infections that stem from flooding can more severely impact people who are unwell or elderly or have existing chronic conditions."

The Health Unit is now urging those in flood-affected areas to check on their neighbours and check in on the elderly. If they are unwell or have a fever, they want residents to call a doctor or an ambulance immediately.

One dead after infection outbreak linked to Townsville floods© AAP Doctors have urged people working to clean-up the damage to their homes after the floods to be careful with cuts and scratches and to check on the elderly.

"Floodwater is heavily contaminated with dirt and bacteria," a statement said.

"The vital public health message has been to ensure flood water doesn't get into your body through cuts and scratches."

Extreme weather conditions: Queensland scorching, Victoria freezing.
Australia is braced for more extreme weather as scorching heat, strong cold fronts and dust storms persist across the nation.

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