COVID-19: GP Alert (27 January 2021)
January 27, 2021
REMINDER - COVID-19 testing required for recent arrivals from New Zealand
Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived in Queensland from New Zealand since 14 January 2021 to get tested and quarantine at home or in their accommodation until they receive a negative test result.
This comes after New Zealand recorded a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in a returned traveller who tested positive after completing 14 days of hotel quarantine. The woman has since visited a number of locations in New Zealand.
The woman is confirmed to have the South African variant of COVID-19, which is more contagious than previous variants. Contact tracing is currently underway by New Zealand Health authorities.
For anyone with concerns or is unsure if they need to get tested or isolate, please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). To find your nearest testing clinic, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing
COVID-19 traces in wastewater
Traces of COVID-19 have been detected in recent wastewater tests in the Wacol, Goodna, Carole Park and Bundamba wastewater treatment plants which serve suburbs in the West Moreton region. The SARS-CoV-2 genetic material may be related to a recovered case who is still shedding but is no longer infectious or may indicate that there is an infectious person living or visiting the area who has not yet been identified.
It is important that anyone with symptoms comes forward for testing. Please refer your patients for testing even if they have mild symptoms. The patient should stay home and isolate themselves until the result of the test is known and their symptoms have settled.
Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV)
The West Moreton Public Health Unit has been notified of several ABLV positive bats in Ipswich over the past five weeks. These bats have been found in Queen’s Park, including areas frequented by the public.
ABLV infection in humans is fatal if preventive treatment is not given. If a patient advises you that they have been bitten or scratched by a bat, please contact the Public Health Unit immediately on 07 3818 4700 to arrange post exposure prophylaxis. Please also advise if the patient still has the bat so we can arrange the safe collection and testing.
The wound needs to be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water for at least 15 minutes, antiseptic solution should then be applied.