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21 October 2011 09:05
Influenza cases are rising in Australia, figures show
Holidaymakers planning to head off to Australia have been urged to take extra care amid reports of influenza.
At the end of September some 25,000 cases had been confirmed in Australia by health officials - the highest number for 10 years.
The news may see many travellers take out
medical travel insurance before visiting Queensland and New South Wales, the worst affected areas.
Queensland has seen more than 10,000 cases, whereas in New South Wales 5,000 have been reported.
Meanwhile, a top health official spoke out over the influenza spike.
Dr Christine Selvey said: "What we do know is that there's always more influenza than is ever diagnosed, and so it's really related to how much testing will determine how many notifications we get in many ways."
18 February 2017
At least 10 Britons have been injured in a speedboat accident off the icy coast of Norway.
17 February 2017
Comedian David Baddiel is trying to highlight the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people in a new documentary.
16 February 2017
The public has spoken and the world's favourite cruises are being honoured by a top cruise review site.
15 February 2017
The collaborative #SkiSafe campaign has been relaunched in a bid to raise safety awareness among winter sports enthusiasts.
14 February 2017
A new "age defying" hormone could offer a breakthrough in preventing kidney and heart disease in people who suffer from diabetes.
11 February 2017
Patients needing new life-saving medication could have to wait two years after the UK leaves the EU, experts are warning.
10 February 2017
Families looking to take a cheap break in the upcoming half term are often sorely disappointed, however new research suggests Cyprus is the best destination for a well-priced trip.
09 February 2017
Europe remains the world's number one region as a travel destination - but tourism growth is slowing down, a travel industry report has said.
08 February 2017
A terminal cancer patient is determined to fulfil his dream of climbing Mount Everest, despite having just months to live.
07 February 2017
One third of holidaying families will opt for a British break this year, new research suggests.
04 February 2017
The benefits of treating back pain with medication could be outweighed by the longer-term side effects, a study suggests.
03 February 2017
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