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Infectious diseases

Bronchitis causes your airways (bronchi) to become irritated and inflamed, producing more mucus and a cough.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the larger airways in your lungs, which causes an ongoing cough. Learn how to reduce the risk of bronchitis.

Cool baths, loose comfortable clothes and calamine lotion can all ease the itchiness from chickenpox.

Chickenpox (varicella)

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s how to help ease symptoms and discomfort.

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in Australia. Find out how you can help avoid it and when to get tested.

Girl with the flu.

Colds and flu – an overview

Colds and flu (influenza) are different illnesses caused by different viruses. Learn about difference between colds and flu and read our advice on how...

Cough is a common symptom for colds and the flu.

Cough

Most coughs are caused by viruses which inflame the throat, windpipe or lungs. Here are some tips to relieve the symptoms.

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the lining of the eye and eyelid.

Conjunctivitis

Known as ‘pink eye’, conjunctivitis is a contagious disease that turns the whites of the eye pink. Read about symptoms and treatments here.

Diarrhoea is loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day.

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea may last for only a few days, or may be a sign of something else. Find out here about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

Protection is required when examining people with Ebola virus

Ebola virus

Ebola is a rare and often fatal illness. Learn about the Ebola virus, who’s at risk, symptoms and treatment options.

Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) – the same type of virus that causes cold sores.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is spread by skin-to-skin contact – even through kissing or foreplay. There are things you can do to control it, learn more here.

Condoms with a water-based lubricant help prevent gonorrhoea.

Gonorrhoea (the clap)

Also known as 'the clap', gonorrhoea often has no symptoms. Learn how to spot symptoms, maintain and how gonorrhoea is treated.

Vaccination is safe and effective in protecting against hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B can lead to liver damage over time. If it turns out you have hepatitis B, it is important to protect others from infection. Find out how.

Blood test for HIV

HIV infection and AIDS

Today, people with HIV are unlikely to develop AIDS if they get effective treatment. Here’s what to do if you think you might have been exposed.

Impetigo - baby with rash on his arm

Impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that causes sores and blisters. It's very common and affects mainly children.

Lyssavirus is carried by bats in Australia.

Lyssavirus (ABLV)

Find out about Australian bat Lyssavirus, and learn how it can be prevented if you are bitten or scratched by a bat.

Child and paediatrician with a phial of MMR vaccine - measles

Measles

Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or haven't had measles before, but it's most common in kids. Learn more about this illness.

Mumps is most common in children.

Mumps

Mumps is a contagious viral infection, most common in children between 5 and 15 years. These days it’s rare thanks to effective immunisation.

Mild fever of 38 degrees C or more is a common symptom of rubella.

Rubella (German measles)

Rubella (also known as German measles) is best prevented by the MMR vaccination. Learn more about its distinctive rash, other symptoms and treatments.

Shingles

Shingles is a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Find out how to recognise the symptoms and what treatments are available.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is when the hollow spaces in the bones of your face become inflamed. Sinusitis is a common symptom for colds and the flu and it can be diffi...

Girl with sore throat

Sore throat (pharyngitis)

A sore throat is normally a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection and is common with a cold or flu. Learn more about the self-care of sore throats...

Thorough hand washing can help prevent the spread of staph infections.

Staph infections

Trusted information on a staph infection, including what it is, who is at risk, how you get it, treatment and prevention, plus links to other resource...

Practising safe sex is the best way to prevent syphilis infection.

Syphilis

Syphilis is relatively rare in Australia. It can cause serious health problems if left untreated. However, syphilis is easy to cure if found early.

People with tonsillitis should drink plenty of fluids while resting.

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an infection and swelling of the tonsils at the back of the throat. Learn about its symptoms and treatments.

Whooping cough is serious in babies under 12 months old.

Whooping cough

Whooping cough is a contagious bacterial infection and is most serious in babies. Here’s how to spot the symptoms and protect infants.

Treatment of tuberculosis requires a combination of medicines.

Tuberculosis

This highly infectious disease, which mostly affects the lungs, can be spread through coughing, sneezing, speaking or even singing.

Vomiting can happen for many different reasons

Vomiting

Vomiting in adults is usually not a sign of anything serious and tends to only last one or two days. Learn the causes and when to seek medical advice.

Little boy learning to potty train.

Worms in humans

Signs of a threadworm infection include an itchy bottom, disturbed sleep, irritability, tiredness and a lack of interest in eating.

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