Outbreaks and incident management

Local government environmental health professionals are responsible for assisting the Department of Health with the investigation of certain diseases, outbreaks and other incidents.

The identification, investigation and control of disease outbreaks and other incidences may require the coordination and sharing of information between various government agencies including:

  • Local Governments
  • Environmental Health Directorate and Communicable Disease Control Directorate, WA Department of Health
  • Population Health Units, North, South or East Metropolitan Health Service, or the WA Country Health Services, WA Department of Health
  • PathWest

All government agencies work together during outbreak investigations, collecting and sharing information to identify, investigate, control and prevent the continuance and where possible the recurrence of an outbreak.

Common disease investigations, outbreaks and incidents that may require local government involvement

Environmental health investigation Common diseases / pathogens / incidents
Food-borne illness outbreak investigation
  • Salmonella
  • Camplyobacter
  • Norovirus
  • Rotavirus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Shigella
  • Clostridium
Legionnaires' Disease investigation
  • Legionella pneumophilia
Vector borne illness investigation
  • Ross River virus disease
  • Barrah Forest Virus disease
  • Kunjin disease
  • Murray Valley encephalitis
Waterborne illness investigation
  • Amoebic meningitis
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Food recalls
  • Trade recall
  • Consumer recall
  • Mandatory recall
  • Withdrawal
Last reviewed: 28-10-2020
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Environmental Health Directorate