ANZAC Day celebrations in Melbourne are being watched closely by the Federal Government, after reports of widespread outbreaks of Zika in the region.
Key points:The first confirmed case of Zika virus in Australia was reported in the state of Queensland on TuesdayThe Australian Government says it has sent more than 10,000 troops and resources to the regionThe ABC understands Queensland has been the epicentre of a cluster of cases in the last two weeksThe state’s premier has said that the state is at “unprepared” for the spread of the virusThe first reported case of the Zika virus has been reported in Queensland on Monday, with the state Health Department confirming it was an individual in a care home.
“This is unprecedented,” Queensland Premier Daniel Andrews told the ABC.
“It’s just unprecedented.
It’s the first time in Australia that we have been experiencing a confirmed case.”
The Queensland Health Department said it had sent more to the Queensland Health Service and the ACT Health Service, but it had not received any confirmed cases.
“We are aware of a number of cases and have received information that there is an outbreak of the disease in Queensland,” a spokeswoman said.
“Queensland Health is currently working with its regional and remote partners to investigate the outbreak.”
On Wednesday, a Queensland Health spokeswoman said the state had received no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.
“The Queensland Government has been working closely with Queensland Health to identify and assess the outbreak,” she said.
In the past two weeks, there have been five confirmed cases in Queensland, including one person who tested positive for the virus.
The Queensland Department of Health said it was monitoring the outbreak closely and that there was “no evidence that this outbreak is increasing”.
“Queenland Health has been fully prepared for the consequences of a new and serious disease like Zika,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.
The state Government is working with the ACT Government and the Federal government to respond to the outbreak.
“As the Federal Department of Finance continues to assess the situation and assess Queensland’s response, we will provide updates when they become available,” the statement said.
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