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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in early childhood education and care services

About the virus, its effects and how to prevent CMV in the child care industry.

Diseases from animals

Animal diseases include Hendra virus, influenza, Q fever, Australian bat lyssavirus and handling bats, Leptospirosis, Hydatid disease, Psittacosis and Toxoplasmosis.

Ebolavirus disease (EVD)

The risk of Ebolavirus disease (EVD) in Australia is low, however healthcare agencies are currently developing EVD preparedness plans to ensure that any potential cases can be managed safely. For more information on EVD, visit the Department of Health.

Immunisation in early childhood education and care services

Managing the risks of diseases in the child care industry through immunisation or vaccination

Infection risks from flood recovery and response work

Workers who are involved with flood recovery and response work may be exposed to infection risks from contact with contaminated floodwater, soil and mud.

Influenza

Resources to help prevent the spread of flu at work.

Legionnaires’ disease

Guide to Legionella control in cooling water systems, including cooling towers (PDF, 472.21 KB)
A guide to help manage and minimise the risk of Legionella at work.

Legionella risks from work with potting mix and compost

Legionella bacteria are found in the environment. Human infection is most commonly caused by Legionella pneumophila found in man-made water systems such as cooling towers and spas, and Legionella longbeachae found in potting mix and compost.

Managing mould

Mould is a type of fungus that is found everywhere, outdoors and indoors.

Melioidosis

Working with soil and surface water, especially after high rainfall, can expose workers to melioidosis.

Mosquito borne diseases

Resources to help prevent the spread of mosquito borne diseases at work.

Zika is a mosquito borne virus that is closely related to dengue fever. Find out more about Zika virus.

Skin infections at work

Skin infections are caused by germs, including some types of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Infection risks from work with sewage

Work with sewage, including untreated (raw) sewage, sludge, effluent water, grit, septic tank waste and biosolids, can expose workers to infection risks.

Skin penetrating injuries

Health and safety information for skin penetrating injuries, sharps and needlestick injuries.

Novel coronavirus

Health authorities have identified a novel coronavirus which was first identified in China. For more information, visit the Queensland Health website.

Last updated
11 June 2020

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