High Consequence Infectious Diseases

Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs) are severe and life-threatening viral diseases that are endemic to parts of Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia. VHFs are not endemic to Australia and environmental conditions here are unlikely to support the natural reservoirs and vectors of any of the haemorrhagic fever viruses. VHF refers to any one of the following four diseases;

Refer to NSW Contingency Plan for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and HETI My Health Learning Infection prevention and Control Practices for more information.

Additional resources

  • Presentation - Ebola (Updated September 2019)
  • VHF PPE donning checklist
  • VHF PPE doffing checklist
  • Viral haemorrhagic fevers control guideline
  • EVD - For Hospitals
  • Ebola virus disease control guideline
  • Ebola virus disease fact sheet
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers CDC- travel related Infectious Diseases Chapter 4
  • Video resources

    These resources provide a principles based framework and should be used in conjunction with current policies, guidelines, checklists and local risk assessments. The consumables used in these videos may differ to current available products.

    Pandemic influenza

    An influenza pandemic is a global epidemic caused by a new influenza virus to which there is little or no pre-existing immunity in the human population. Influenza pandemics are impossible to predict; and they may be mild, or cause severe disease or death.

    Refer to Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI) and NSW Health Influenza Pandemic Plan.

    Also refer to HETI My Health Learning Enhanced Precautions.