Communicable Diseases Intelligence

Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Office of Health Protection, Department of Health. The journal aims to disseminate information on the epidemiology, surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases of relevance to Australia.

Page last updated: 17 September 2019

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The Strategic Plan for Control of Tuberculosis in Australia, 2016–2020: Towards Disease Elimination

The National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.10 || Published online: 15/04/2019
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Original Articles

An outbreak of Bacillus cereus toxin-mediated emetic and diarrhoeal syndromes at a restaurant in Canberra, Australia 2018

C. E. Thirkell, T. S. Sloan-Gardner, M. C. Kaczmarek and B. G. Polkinghorne || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.40 || Published online: 16/09/2019
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Influenza vaccination in pregnancy among a group of remote dwelling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers in the Northern Territory: The 1+1 Healthy Start to Life study

Lisa McHugh, Michael J Binks, Yu Gao, Ross M Andrews, Robert S Ware, Tom Snelling and Sue Kildea. || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.33 || Published online: 15/08/2019
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Infectious Disease Notification Practices in Victoria, 2016–17

Cassidy K Nelson, Lucinda J Franklin and Katherine B Gibney || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.34 || Published online: Epub 15/08/2019
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Influenza vaccination coverage in a population-based cohort of Australian-born Aboriginal and non-Indigenous older adults

Amalie Dyda, Surendra Karki, Marlene Kong, Heather F Gidding,John M Kaldor, Peter McIntyre, Emily Banks, C Raina MacIntyre and Bette Liu || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.30 || Published online: 16/07/2019
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Potential use of Western Australia’s mandatory Midwives Notification System for routinely monitoring antenatal vaccine coverage

Annette K. Regan, Paul V. Effler, Chloe Thomson and Donna B. Mak || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.21 || Published online: 17/06/2019
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Gonorrhoea enhanced surveillance for indigenous status and risk factors in the south-eastern Sydney population

Mark J Ferson, Kelly-Anne Ressler, Alma Nurkic and Paula J Spokes || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.23 || Published online: 17/06/2019
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Dominance of the tiger: The displacement of Aedes aegypti by Aedes albopictus in parts of the Torres Strait, Australia

Mutizwa Odwell Muzari, Joseph Davis, Rodney Bellwood, Bruce Crunkhorn, Ewan Gunn, Ursula Sabatino and Richard Gair || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.17 || Published online: 15/05/2019
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Right sizing for vaccine effectiveness studies: how many is enough for reliable estimation?

Olivia H Price, Kylie S Carville and Sheena G Sullivan || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.20 || Published online: 15/05/2019
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A protracted outbreak of Salmonella Hessarek infection associated with one brand of eggs—South Australia, March 2017 - July 2018

Bernadette Kenny, Megge J Miller, Vanessa McEvoy, Alessia Centofanti, Cherylyn P Stevens and Tambri Housen || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.22 || Published online: 15/05/2019
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Respiratory viruses in adults hospitalised with Community-Acquired Pneumonia during the non-winter months in Melbourne: Routine diagnostic practice may miss large numbers of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infections.

Lucy A Desmond, Melanie A Lloyd, Shelley A Ryan, Edward D Janus and Harin A Karunajeewa || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.12 || Published online: 15/04/2019
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Recent trends in invasive group A Streptococcus disease in Victoria

Jane Oliver, Mathilda Wilmot, Janet Strachan, Siobhan St George, Courtney R Lane, Susan A Ballard, Michelle Sait, Katherine Gibney, Benjamin P Howden and Deborah A Williamson || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.8 || Published online: 15/3/2019
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Anatomy of a seasonal influenza epidemic forecast

Robert Moss, Alexander E Zarebski, Peter Dawson, Lucinda J Franklin, Frances A Birrell and James M McCaw || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.7 || Published online: 15/03/2019
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The use of normal human immunoglobulin (NHIG) for public health purposes in Queensland 2004-2014 and Australia 2014-2016

Megan K Young, Allan W Cripps and Graeme R Nimmo || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.9 || Published online: 15/03/2019
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Four recent ciguatera fish poisoning incidents in New South Wales, Australia linked to imported fish

Alan Edwards, Anthony Zammit and Hazel Farrell || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.4 || Published online: 1/02/2019
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All 2019 Articles


Reports

Extended report

Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Vaccination Coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Australia, 2011–2015

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) by Sally Ioannides, Frank Beard, Natasha Larter, Katrina Clark, Han Wang, Alexandra Hendry, Brynley Hull, Aditi Dey, Clayton Chiu, Julia Brotherton, Sanjay Jayasinghe, Kristine Macartney and Peter McIntyre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, The University of Sydney || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.36 || Published online: 15/08/2019
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Annual reports

Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) Australian Enterococcal Sepsis Outcome Programme (AESOP) Annual Report 2017

Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Yung Thin Lee, Dr Stanley Pang on behalf of the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.42 || Published online: 16/09/2019
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Influenza epidemiology in patients admitted to sentinel Australian hospitals in 2017: the Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN)

Allen C Cheng, Mark Holmes, Dominic E Dwyer, Sanjaya Senanayake, Louise Cooley, Louis B Irving , Graham Simpson, Tony Korman, Kristine Macartney, N Deborah Friedman, Peter Wark, Anna Holwell , Christopher C Blyth, Simon Bowler, John Upham, Grant W Waterer, Tom Kotsimbos and Paul M Kelly || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.39 || Published online: 16/09/2019
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Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) Australian Staphylococcus aureus Sepsis Outcome Programme (ASSOP) Annual Report 2017

Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Yung Thin Lee, Stanley Pang on behalf of the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.43 || Published online: 16/09/2019
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Annual Immunisation Coverage Report 2016

Brynley Hull, Alexandra Hendry, Aditi Dey, Frank Beard, Julia Brotherton and Peter McIntyre || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.44 || Published online: 16/09/2019
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Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) Australian Gram-negative Sepsis Outcome Programme (GNSOP) Annual Report 2017

Jan M Bell, Thomas Gottlieb, Denise A Daley and Geoffrey W Coombs || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.37 || Published online: 15/08/2019
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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease surveillance in Australia: update to 31 December 2018

Christiane Stehmann, Matteo Senesi, Victoria Lewis, Mairin Ummi, Marion Simpson, Genevieve Klug, Catriona McLean, Colin Masters and Steven Collins || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.35 || Published online: 15/08/2019
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Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease surveillance in Australia: update to December 2017

Christiane Stehmann, Shannon Sarros, Matteo Senesi, Victoria Lewis, Marion Simpson, Catriona McLean, Colin Masters and Steven Collins || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.32 || Published online: 16/07/2019
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Surveillance of adverse events following immunisation in Australia annual report, 2017

Aditi Dey, Han Wang, Helen Quinn, Rona Hiam, Nicholas Wood, Frank Beard and Kristine Macartney || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.29 || Published online: 16/07/2019
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Australian Rotavirus Surveillance Program: Annual Report, 2017

Susie Roczo-Farkas, Daniel Cowley, Julie E Bines, and the Australian Rotavirus Surveillance Group || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.28 || Published online: 16/07/2019
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Flutracking: Weekly online community-based surveillance of influenza-like illness in Australia, 2017 Annual Report

Sarah Moberley, Sandra Carlson, David Durrheim and Craig Dalton || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.31 || Published online: 16/07/2019
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Report on influenza viruses received and tested by the Melbourne WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in 2017

Merryn Roe, Matthew Kaye, Pina Iannello, Hilda Lau, Iwona Buettner, M Ximena Tolosa, Tasoula Zakis, Vivian K Leung and Michelle K Chow || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.25 || Published online: 17/06/2019
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Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme Annual Report, 2017

Monica M Lahra, Rodney Enriquez and C R Robert George for the National Neisseria Network, Australia. || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.13 || Published online: 15/04/2019
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Arboviral diseases and malaria in Australia, 2014–15: Annual report of the National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee

Katrina Knope, Stephen L Doggett, Cassie C Jansen, Cheryl A Johansen, Nina Kurucz, Rebecca Feldman, Stacey E Lynch, Michaela P Hobby, Angus Sly, Andrew Jardine, Sonya Bennett, Bart J Currie, and the National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.14 || Published online: 15/04/2019
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Flutracking weekly online community survey of influenza-like illness annual report, 2016

Sandra J Carlson, Daniel Cassano, Michelle T Butler, David N Durrheim and Craig B Dalton || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.15 || Published online: 15/04/2019
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Immunisation coverage annual report, 2015

Brynley P Hull, Alexandra J Hendry, Aditi Dey, Frank H Beard, Julia M Brotherton and Peter B McIntyre || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.11 || Published online: 15/03/2019
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Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2015: Annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System

NNDSS Annual Report Working Group || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.6 || Published online: 15/03/2019
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Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) annual report 2016: Prospective hospital-based surveillance for serious paediatric conditions

Jocelynne E McRae, Helen E Quinn, Gemma L Saravanos, Alissa McMinn, Philip N Britton, Nicholas Wood, Helen Marshall and Kristine Macartney on behalf of the PAEDS network || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.5 || Published online: 1/02/2019
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Annual report on influenza viruses received and tested by the Melbourne WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in 2016

Vivian K. Leung, Yi-Mo Deng, Matthew Kaye, Iwona Buettner, Hilda Lau, Sook-Kwan Leang, Leah Gillespie, and Michelle K. Chow || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.3 || Published online: 1/02/2019
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All 2019 Articles

Quarterly reports

Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance, 1 July to 30 September 2017

Kate Pennington and the Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group, for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.41 || Published online: 16/09/2019
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Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme, 1 January to 31 March 2018

Monica M Lahra and Rodney P Enriquez - The World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for STI and AMR and Neisseria Reference Laboratory, New South Wales Health Pathology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW, 2031 for The National Neisseria Network, Australia || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.27 || Published online: 17/06/2019
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Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme, 1 July to 30 September 2018

Monica M Lahra; Rodney P Enriquez; C R Robert George, The World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for STI and AMR and Neisseria Reference Laboratory, New South Wales Health Pathology, Microbiology and The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW, 2031 for The National Neisseria Network, Australia || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.19 || Published online: 15/05/2019
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Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance, 1 October to 31 December 2017

Kate Pennington || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.1 || Published online: 1/02/2019
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OzFoodNet quarterly report, 1 October to 31 December 2015

The OzFoodNet Working Group || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.2 || Published online: 1/02/2019
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All 2019 Articles

Short reports

Experimenting at Uni: Salmonella in laboratory students

Timothy S. Sloan-Gardner || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.38 || Published online: 16/09/2019
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Modified measles with an atypical presentation

Alexandra M Uren, Bhakti R Vasant, Deborah Judd, David FM Looke, Andrew J Henderson and Kari AJ Jarvinen || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.26 || Published online: 17/06/2019
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Evaluation of enhanced follow-up for pertussis in children aged 5-9 years in Sydney Local Health District, NSW

Kwendy Cavanagh, Emma Quinn, Alexandre S Stephens, Zeina Najjar, Essi Huhtinen and Leena Gupta || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.24 || Published online: 17/06/2019
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Mass prophylaxis in an outbreak of invasive group A streptococcal disease in a residential aged care facility

Bhakti R Vasant, Kari A J Jarvinen, Ning-Xia Fang, Helen V Smith and Amy V Jennison || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.18 || Published online: 15/05/2019
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Errata

Erratum: Who gives pertussis to infants? Source of infection for laboratory confirmed cases less than 12 months of age during an epidemic, Sydney, 2009. (Article originally published in Commun Dis Intell Q Rep 2010;34(2):116-21)

CDI Editorial team || https://doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2019.43.16 || Published online: 15/05/2019 Full text (Word 89 KB) (PDF 2.71 MB)


About Communicable Diseases Intelligence

Aims

Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Office of Health Protection, Department of Health. The journal aims to disseminate information on the epidemiology, surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases of relevance to Australia.

Correspondence

Correspondence should be sent to: cdi.editor@health.gov.au

Available file formats and accessibility

CDI is published electronically only and is available in two formats from this website; Adobe Acrobat - Portable Document Format (PDF) and – depending on publication date – accessible Microsoft® Word or HTML format.

Indexing

CDI is listed on MEDLINE and indexed by PubMed, an online searchable index of published articles and authors.

Access model

CDI is open access. All articles are published and made available free of charge. CDI does not mail out hard copies of articles.

ISSN

ISSN: 2209-6051 (Online)

Disclaimer

Opinions expressed in Communicable Diseases Intelligence are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Australian Government Department of Health or the Communicable Diseases Network Australia. Data may be subject to revision.

Editorial team

The editorial team consists of the editor, deputy editor, and a designer. The editorial team is supported by an Editorial Advisory Board (EAB).

Editor: Cindy Toms
Deputy Editor:
Simon Petrie
Design and Production: Kasra Yousefi

Editorial advisory board

The role of the CDI Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) is to:

  • provide expert advice to the CDI editorial team; advocate for CDI in the broader community;
  • serve as a critical sounding board for the editorial team on editorial ideas and themes;
  • provide ideas for features and news and thoughts on current trends; and provide constructive feedback on published issues.
David Durrheim
Mark Ferson
John Kaldor
Martyn Kirk
Linda Selvey

Information for authors

Letters to the editor & invited editorials

The editorial team welcome comments on articles published in CDI in the form of letters to the Editor. Letters should normally be less than 500 words.

Submissions and article types

CDI encourages submissions consistent with the objectives from practitioners in all disciplines across the public health field. Advanced trainees and post graduate students are also encouraged to submit to CDI. CDI publishes original articles, short reports, annual reports and quarterly reports, letters to the editor and editorials. Original articles and short reports are peer-reviewed. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for CDI please email the CDI Editorial Team with your details and areas of expertise. More information about articles types is available on the Instructions for authors page.

Manuscripts for submission
Authorship
Types of manuscript
Peer review process
Document preparation
Tables
Figures and illustrations
Web accessibility requirements
References
Ethics
Copyright
Submission of manuscripts
Sample HTML text descriptors for web accessibility and metadata
Specifications for Excel figures for CDI
Vancouver reference style for Communicable Diseases Intelligence

History

The journal has been published quarterly since 2001. Hard copy printing ceased in 2011. CDI does not mail out hard copies of articles.

CDI has been published as a bulletin and later a journal since 1977,initially as a fortnightly typewritten bulletin. CDI became a professionally printed publication in 1991. In mid-1992 parts of CDI became available electronically. Online reproduction of the articles in HTML and PDF formats began in 1997. In 2018, CDI moved away from publishing 4 quarterly issues per year to an online-first, per-article publication model. Previous issues are freely available under the following existing structure.

This table is a guide for finding past CDI articles and their available file format(s) based on their publication timeframe. For articles that published before 1997 (i.e. pre online publication), please contact us using the email cdi.editor@health.gov.au for a scanned copy.
Timeframe Publication model File formats Access
Jan 2018-Present Yearly volumes containing individual articles Accessible PDF and MS-Word Online
1997-2017 Yearly volumes divided to 4 quarterly issues Accessible PDF and HTML Online – use sidebar to browse the volumes
1978-1997 (Pre-Internet) Yearly volumes divided to 4 quarterly issues, Bulletins Scanned Image Per request by email to cdi.editor@health.gov.au