DEA's Queensland Chair Dr Beau Frigault writes about the deadly disease meliodosos that has emerged after the record-breaking monsoon in north Queensland. One person has died from melioidosis since the flood, and a further nine people remain in hospital, some of whom are in intensive care. In a city that would normally see a handful of cases a year, this is a significant increase. There may be many more cases of melioidosis to come, as symptoms can show up two to four weeks after exposure. While Queensland has a record of severe weather, yet another "once-in-a-century" event shows how climate change is wreaking havoc on our communities.
The floods also have are other health risks - viruses, Hepatitis A & E, leptospirosis, parasites, respiratory illnesses and exposure to chemicals and toxins in the floodwaters.
It's time government heeds the warnings from scientists and health professionals and does its part in limiting carbon emissions.
The article was first published in the Brisbane Times on 16 February 2019
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