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Novel coronavirus

In 2019 a new coronavirus was detected, with a majority of cases affecting people in Hubei Province, China. There is still much more to learn about how this virus, including; how it is spread, its severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV, and investigations are ongoing.

To access the latest updates, information for health professionals and resources in both English and Mandarin, please go the NSW Health Novel coronavirus information page.

Infection with the new coronavirus is now a notifiable condition under the NSW Public Health Act, so all cases and suspected cases must be reported by doctors to NSW Health public health authorities who will work to prevent spread of the infection to others.

Click here for guidance on home isolation for those who have been in contact with a person with confirmed Novel coronavirus, or if you have recently returned from Hubei Province, China.

Multi-drug resistant Gonorrhoea

Meningococcal W Disease

Zika Virus

Also refer to the Australian Department of Health Zika virus website for the latest information.

Human Parechovirus

MERS-CoV and Avian Influenza A and Hajj

Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Hepatitis A and Frozen Berry Recall

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): Outbreak in West Africa


H7N9 Avian Influenza

Enterovirus Neurological Disease

Enterovirus Neurological Disease Alert, 27 March 2013

Novel Coronavirus: Important information for clinicians and laboratories, updated 18 February 2013

Product Recall Notices

Safety Alert

003/17 Infection from contaminated ultrasound gel, released 12 May 2017

001/17 - HYDROmorphone: High-risk medicine, released 10 January 2017

002/16 - Vancomycin Intravenous Preparation - disruption to supply, revised 20 December 2016

003/16 - Intravenous Metronidazole - disruption to supply, released 9 December 2016

Safety Notices

011/18 - New formulation: Phenytoin (Dilantin®) capsules

008/17 - DILAUDID® (HYDROmorphone) Oral Liquid 1 mg/mL – Disruption to Supply, released 6 June 2017

007/17 - Etoposide preparations - Disruption to Supply (Supersedes SN:006/16), released 2 May 2017

005/17 - Povidone-Iodine (PVI) Use in NSW Hospitals, released 19 April 2017

006/17 - Dantrium (dantrolene sodium) Powder for Injection vials - Disruption to Supply, released 5 April 2017

004/17 - Infection Post Cardiopulmonary Bypass Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices, 3 March 2017

009/16 - Avoiding thrombophlebitis with intravenous amiodarone, revised 10 February 2017

003/17 - Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets - disruption to supply, released 8 February 2017

012/16 - Aciclovir intravenous infusion preparations - Disruption to supply, released 14 November 2016

003/16 - Use of Prone Restraint and Parenteral Medication in Healthcare Settings, released 14 July 2015

001/16 - Changes to Medicine Ingredient Names April 2016 to April 2020, released 9 May 2016

002/14 - Newer Oral Anticoagulants, updated 24 March 2014

003/13 - Voluven and Volulyte (hydroxyethyl starch), released 5 September 2013

Safety Information

002/18 - Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) Testing in Emergency Departments, released August 2018

001/18 - ABO Compatibility for Blood Products in an Emergency, released June 2018

001/16 - Increase in Cases of Invasive Meningococcal Disease, released February 2016

003/13 - Potent Hallucinogenic Substance in NSW, released 4 December 2013

Patient Safety Watch

Edition 3/19: Paediatric Watch Newsletter: Taking the confusion out of adrenaline

Edition 2/19: Paediatric Watch Newsletter: All that vomits is not gastroenteritis

Edition 1/19: Paediatric Watch Newsletter: Appendicitis: Getting it right

Edition 4/18: Paediatric Watch Newsletter: Extravasation Injuries

Edition 3/16: Recognising bleeding in patients treated with intravenous heparin

Edition 2/16: Low Molecular Weight Heparin - Managing the Risks

Edition 1/15: Adrenal Insufficiency: Diagnostic and Management Dilemmas

Edition 3/13: Retained Vascular Guide Wires

Edition 2/13: Mental Health Patients Absconding From EDs

Edition 2/12: Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) Removal

Edition 1/12: Defibrillators

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