Q Fever

What is Q Fever and why is it important? By Dr Olga Ilic Living in rural/regional Australia puts many at higher risk of Q fever. Q fever mostly causes an illness resembling a flu. Symptoms may include high fevers, joint and muscle aches, headaches and extreme fatigue and may last many weeks. Sometimes, more severe illness including heart disease,…

Zika Virus Infection

By Dr Olga Ilic Zika infection is increasing worldwide. Australian travellers need to be aware. Zika virus can permanently damage the unborn child. Australian and International Guidelines recommend that pregnant women and those planning for pregnancy completely avoid travel to Zika areas. In fact, these guidelines recommend women avoid pregnancy for 8 weeks. Men should avoid falling pregnant…