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FROM THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR HEALTH THE HON. NEAL BLEWETT

QUARANTINE ACTION ON BANANA DISEASE

The Federal Minister for Health, Dr Neal Blewett, said today attempts to eradicate Black Sigatoka disease of bananas from Cape York and the Torres Strait area would be terminated.

A quarantine zone in the area to restrict the movement of banana plants south from the infected area would be maintained, the Minister said.

Monitoring for the presence of the disease would continue and publicity to alert travellers to the quarantine restrictions would be increased.

Dr Blewett said Black Sigatoka disease of bananas had been detected in the Cape York and Torres Strait area in 1981. Because it was a serious disease and its occurrence in the far north was well isolated from the major production

areas in the south, action had been taken to eradicate the disease.

All bananas in the affected areas were destroyed and after a period of six to 12 months clean planting material had been supplied with the assistance of the Queensland banana industry.

The Minister said that during a survey by plant pathologists in May this year, Black Sigatoka disease had been found again in Cape York and further surveys had led to the detection of the disease on islands in the Torres Strait.

He said there was no clear reason why the disease had reappeared.

Dr Blewett said Commonwealth and State quarantine officials had agreed that a second eradication attempt was not warranted but that action should be taken to contain the disease and prevent its spread south to the commercial banana growing areas.

CANBERRA 24 September 1984

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Joint Press Statement by the Commonwealth Minister for Health,

Dr Neal Blewett, and the New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister

for Health, the Hon R.J. Mu lock, M.L.A.

NATIONAL DISEASES CONTROL PROGRAM

The Australian Minister for Health, Dr Neal Blewett, and the

New South Wales Minister for Health, the Hon R. Mulock, announced today

that the Commonwealth would provide $103 000 on a dollar for dollar basis

for the control of mosquito-bome diseases in New South Wales - an

increase of $48 000 over that provided to New South Wales in 1983-84.

The joint statement followed an announcement in the Budget on

21 August that the Commonwealth Government would continue to fund the

National Diseases Control Program to counter the spread in the mainland

States of the mosquito-bome diseases dengue fever, Australian encephalitis

and Ross River virus infection.

The Ministers said health authorities had been particularly

concerned at the spread of Ross River virus infection in New South Wales

along the Murray Darling basin.

The Budget provided a total of $550 000 for the Program in 1984-85

- an increase of $61 000 over funding for mosquito disease control activities

of this kind in 1983-84. An amount of $70 000 will be allocated from the

program in 1984-85 by the Commonwealth for national projects for research

and training.

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In today's joint announcement, Dr Blewett and Mr Mulock said

activities aimed at controlling the mosquito vectors of Australian

encephalitis and Ross River virus infection and providing for research

and training in vector control techniques, undertaken previously from

1974 to 1983 under the Australian Encephalitis Control Program, would continue

as the objective of the National Diseases Control Program.

The Ministers said the nationally coordinated program would

also continue to seek to halt the spread of dengue fever which had

became a serious threat in northern areas of Australia. It would also

seek to prevent the establishment of dengue haemorrhagic fever which is

sometimes fatal in children.

In New South Wales funds will be used for control of the

mosquito vector of Ross River virus infection and Australian encephalitis,

particularly in the Murray Darling region.

Canberra, 24 September 1984

J134/84

Joint Press Statement by the Commonwealth Minister for Health,

Dr Neal Blewett, and the Queensland Minister for Health,

the Hon B.D. Austin, M.L.A.

NATIONAL DISEASES CONTROL PROGRAM

The Australian Minister for Health, Dr Neal Blewett, and the

Queensland Minister for Health, the Hon B.D. Austin, announced today

that the Commonwealth would provide $153 000 on a dollar for dollar basis

for the control of mosquito-bome diseases in Queensland.

The joint statement followed an announcement in the Budget on

21 August that the Commonwealth Government would continue to fund the

National Diseases Control Program to counter the spread in the mainland

States of the mosquito-bome diseases dengue fever, Australian encephalitis

and Ross River virus infection.

The Ministers said health authorities had been particularly

concerned at the continuing incidence of dengue fever in Queensland and

the spread of Ross River virus infection throughout Australia.

The Budget provided a total of $550 000 for the Program in

1984-85 - an increase of $61 000 over funding for mosquito disease control

activities of this kind in 1983-84. An amount of $70 000 will be allocated

from, the program in 1984-85 by the Commonwealth for national projects

for research and training.

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2.

In today's joint announcement, Dr Blewett and Mr Austin said

activities aimed at controlling the mosquito vectors of dengue fever,

Australian encephalitis and Ross River virus infection and providing for

research and training in vector control techniques, undertaken previously

from 1974 to 1983 under the Australian Encephalitis Control Program, would

continue as the objective of the National Diseases Control Program.

The Ministers said the nationally coordinated program would

continue to seek to halt the spread of dengue fever which had

became a serious threat in northern areas of Australia particularly in

Queensland. It would also seek to prevent the establishment of dengue

haemorrhagic fever which is sometimes fatal in children.

In Queensland funds will be used to support the States Vector

Control Unit based in Townsville.

Canberra, 24 September 1984

J135/84

Joint Press Statement by the Commonwealth Minister for Health,

Dr Neal Blewett, and the South Australian Minister of Health,

the Hon J.R. Cornwall M.L.C.

NATIONAL DISEASES CONTROL PROGRAM

The Australian Minister for Health, Dr Neal Blewett, and the

South Australian Minister for Health, the Hon J.R. Cornwall announced

today that the Commonwealth would provide $36 000 on a dollar for dollar

basis for the control of mosquito-bome diseases in South Australia.

The joint statement followed an announcement in the Budget on

21 August that the Commonwealth Government would continue to fund the

National Diseases Control Program to counter the spread in the mainland

States of the mosquito-bome diseases dengue fever, Australian encephalitis

and Ross River virus infection.

The Ministers said health authorities had been particularly

concerned at the spread of Ross River virus infection throughout Australia.

The Budget provided a total of $550 000 for the Program in

1984-85 - an increase of $61 000 over funding for mosquito disease control

activities of this kind in 1983-84. An amount of $70 000 will be allocated

from the program in 1984-85 by the Ccmmonwealth. for national projects

for research and training.

/2.

2.

In today's joint announcement, Dr Blewett and Dr Cornwall said

activities aimed at controlling the mosquito vectors of Australian

encephalitis and Ross River virus infection and providing for research

and training in vector control techniques, undertaken previously from

1974 to 1983 under the Australian Encephalitis Control Program, would continue

as the objective of the National Diseases Control Program.

The Ministers said the nationally coordinated program would

also continue to seek to halt the spread of dengue fever which had

become a serious threat in northern areas of Australia. It would also '

seek to prevent the establishment of dengue haemorrhagic fever which is

semetimes fatal in children.

In South Australia funds will be used for monitoring and surveillance

of the mosquito vector of Australian encephalitis, and Ross River virus

infection particularly in the Murray region.

Canberra, 24 September 1984

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Joint Press Statement by the Commonwealth Minister for Health,

Dr Neal Blewett, and the Western Australian Minister for Health,

the Hon3arry Hodge, M.L.A.

NATIONAL DISEASES CONTROL PROGRAM

The Australian Minister for Health, Dr Neal Blewett, and the

Western Australian Minister for Health, the HoruBarry Hodge, announced

today that the Commonwealth would provide $54 000 on a dollar for dollar

basis for the control of mosquito-borne diseases in Western Australia.

The joint statement followed an announcement in the Budget on

21 August that the Commonwealth Government would continue to fund the

National Diseases Control Program to counter the spread in the mainland

States of the mosquito-borne diseases dengue fever, Australian encephalitis

and Ross River virus infection.

The Ministers said health authorities had been particularly

concerned at the spread of Ross River virus infection throughout Australia.

The Budget provided a total of $550 000 for the Program in

1984-85 - an increase of $61 000 over funding for mosquito disease control

activities of this kind in 1983-84. An amount of $70 000 will be allocated

from the program in 1984-85 by the Commonwealth for national projects for

research and training.

/2.

2.

In today's joint announcement, Dr Blewett and Mr Hodge said

activities aimed at controlling the mosquito vectors of Australian

encephalitis and Ross River virus infection and providing for research

and training in vector control techniques, undertaken previously from

1974 to 1983 under the Australian Encephalitis Control Program, would

continue as the objective of the National Diseases Control Program.

The Ministers said the nationally coordinated program would

also continue to seek to halt the spread of dengue fever which had

become a serious threat in northern areas of Australia. It would also

seek to prevent the establishment of dengue haemorrhagic fever which is

sanetimes fatal in children.

In Western Australia funds will be used for control of the

mosquito vector of Australian encephalitis and Ross River virus infection

particulary in the northern region of the State. The University of

Western Australia will also receive funds totalling $31 940 to assist in

research into mosquito borne diseases.

Canberra, September 24, 1984

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NATIONAL DISEASES CONTROL PROGRAM

Joint Press Statement by the Commonwealth Minister for Health,

Dr Neal Blewett, and the Northern Territory Minister for Health,

the Hon. N.M. Dondas, M.L.A.

The Australian Minister for Health, Dr Neal Blewett, and

the Northern Territory Minister for Health, the Hon N.M. Dondas, announced

today that the Commonwealth would provide $30 000 on a dollar for dollar

basis for research into and the control of mosquito-bome diseases in

the Northern Territory.

The joint statement followed an announcement in the Budget on

21 August that the Commonwealth Government would continue to fund the

National Diseases Control Program to counter the spread in the mainland

States and the Northern Territory of the mosquito-bome diseases dengue

fever, Australian encephalitis and epidemic polyarthritis.

The Ministers said health authorities had been particularly

concerned at the spread of epidemic polyarthritis throughout Australia.

The Budget provided a total of $550 000 for the Program in

1984-85 - an increase of $61 000 over funding for mosquito disease control

activities of this kind in 1983-84. An amount of $70 000 will be allocated

fran the program in 1984-85 by the Carmonwealth for national projects for

research and training.

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2.

In today's announcement, Dr Blewett and Mr Dondas said

avtivities aimed at controlling the mosquito vectors of Australian

encephalitis and epidemic polyarthritis and providing for research

and training in vector control techniques, undertaken previously frcm

1974 to 1983 under the Australian Encephalitis Control Program, would

continue as the objective of the National Diseases Control Program.

The Ministers said the nationally coordinated program would

also continue to seek to halt the spread of dengue fever which had

become a serious threat in northern areas of Australia. It would also

seek to prevent the establishment of dengue haemorrhagic fever which is

sometimes fatal in children.

In the Northern Territory funds will be used in particular

for research into and control of the mosquito vector of Australian

encephalitis and epidemic polyarthritis and to prevent the reintroduction

of dengue fever into the Territory.

Canberra, 24 September 1984