There are many different kinds of infectious diseases. Find out about conditions such as shingles, chlamydia, measles, conjunctivitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis and more here.
Anthrax is a serious infectious disease. It is very rare in Australia, but you can still catch it if you have contact with infected animals or animal products.
Notification of illness and disease
‘Notifiable’ diseases are ones where government health authorities must be notified about occurrences. Learn why this is important and about the information.
This highly infectious disease, which mostly affects the lungs, can be spread through coughing, sneezing, speaking or even singing.
Smallpox was a highly infectious disease, now eradicated worldwide through successful vaccination. The last case in Australia was in 1938. Learn more here.
Good personal hygiene is important and will prevent you and your children from picking up or spreading germs and infectious diseases. Take these steps to avoid getting sick.
Glandular fever (also called the ‘kissing disease’) is an infectious disease which is common in teenagers and young adults. Learn how glandular fever can be spread.
Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It's related to the virus that causes smallpox and is usually a mild disease, but it can be serious.
School exclusion for health reasons
Kids with certain infectious diseases must stay away from school or childcare. Find out how exclusions work and when your child can return to school.
Ebola is a rare and often fatal illness. Learn about the Ebola virus, who’s at risk, symptoms and treatment options.