|Title:||Guidelines for the Public Health Management of Rabies and Other Lyssavirus (including Australian Bat Lyssavirus) Exposures and Infections|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0543/14|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 31 July 2014|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||This Operational Directive outlines the recommendations for the public health management of cases of rabies and other Lyssavirus exposure and infections in Western Australia.|
|Applicable to:||Public Health Units|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 1 July 2014 to 1 July 2019|
|Review date:||1 July 2019|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 18-Jul-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Guidelines for the Public Health Management of Rabies and Other Lyssavirus (including Australian Bat Lyssavirus) Exposures and Infections
This Operational Directive outlines the recommendations for the public health management of cases of rabies and other Lyssavirus exposure and infections in Western Australia.
These guidelines belong to a series of national guidelines that have been developed by the Communicable Disease Network Australia and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). Their purpose is to provide nationally consistent advice and guidance to public health units (PHUs) in responding to a notifiable disease event. These guidelines capture the knowledge of experienced professionals, built on past research efforts, and provide advice on best practice based upon the best available evidence at the time of completion.
Lyssavirus infection is a notifiable disease and considered to be an urgent public health priority for public health staff with cases being followed up within 1 working day of notification.
Public health staff should follow the recommendations outlined in these national guidelines on receipt of a suspected or confirmed Lyssavirus case. This includes completing the ABL and Rabies Immunoglobulin and Vaccine Order form and forwarding this form to the Communicable Disease Control Directorate for surveillance purposes.
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 31 July 2014 at 2:19pm