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Australian encephalitis control program - Northern Territory



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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH, THE HON. M. J. R. MacKELLAR, AND THE NORTHERN TERRITORY MINISTER FOR HEALTH, THE HON. I., L. TUXWORTH, MLA

' AUSTRALIAN ENCEPHALITIS CONTROL PROGRAM

The Commonwealth Department of Health will co-ordinate a

further national campaign this summer aimed at preventing outbreaks

of Australian Encephalitis; ยท

The Commonwealth has allocated $185 000 towards the campaign -

$60 000 for national projects and $125 000 to the Northern Territory

and four other States for mosquito abatement programs.

The States will provide up to another $125 000 on a dollar-

for-dollar basis.

Last year the Commonwealth provided $180 000 towards a similar

campaign.

Announcing this today, the Commonwealth Minister for Health,

the Hon. Michael MacKellar, and the"Northern Territory Minister

for Health, the Hon. I. L. Tuxworth, said that $6 100 would be

made available for measures to prevent the disease in the

Northern Territory, with the Commonwealth and the Northern

Territory each providing $3 050. . .

The Commonwealth allocation for national projects will be

spent on training, education and research.

Mr MacKellar and Mr Tuxworth said that a national training

course had been conducted at Mildura, Victoria, between 17-21

November. This is an annual course organised by the Commonwealth

Department of Health.

More than 50 people took part in this year's course, including

health surveyors from all mainland States, representatives of the

Armed Forces, and public health and medical specialists.

Mr MacKellar and Mr Tuxworth stressed the need for the

program's continuance. .

The virus,. which is continually present in the tropical

north of Australia, can, under favourable weather conditions,

spread to receptive areas i n t h e south of Australia, thus

creating the potential for outbreaks of the disease.

CANBERRA: 23 December 1980