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July 2014

A steady increase in the number of HIV cases in Western Australia in the past decade, which saw a near-record number of new cases in 2013, is investigated in the latest issue of Disease WAtch, the official bulletin of the Department of Health's Communicable Disease Control Directorate.

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The Department of Health is alerting people who were at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) on July 3 and 6 or at Bentley Hospital on July 2 and 5, that they may have been exposed to measles.

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The Department of Health today reported that an older teenager had been diagnosed with meningococcal disease and has now been discharged from hospital.

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Western Australians being reminded that it's not too late to get the influenza vaccine with the flu season yet to peak.

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June 2014

Yesterday's Supreme Court decision to fine a retailer $1750 for selling e-cigarettes was evidence of WA's strong tobacco laws in action, WA Health's Environmental Health Director Jim Dodds said.

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May 2014

Older Australians heading north to escape winter’s chills have been urged to pack their medications along with their swimming costumes and beach towels to avoid a trip to hospital.

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The Department of Health is reminding residents and travellers to take additional precautions to avoid mosquito bites following heavy rainfall and localised flooding in the Gascoyne and Pilbara regions of WA in the last two weeks. For full story see

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