Who to test?
A person who meets the following clinical AND epidemiological criteria:
Fever (≥38°C) or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) OR acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat).
- In the 14 days prior to illness onset:
• Close contact with a confirmed or probable case
• International or interstate travel
• Passengers and crew who have travelled on a cruise ship
• Healthcare, aged or residential care workers and staff with direct patient contact
• People who have lived in or travelled through a geographically localised area with an elevated risk of community transmission, as defined by public health authorities
- Hospitalised patients, where no other clinical focus of infection or alternate explanation of the patient’s illness is evident.
Testing beyond the suspect case definition should be undertaken on ANY patients with the above clinical criteria, where no other clinical focus of infection or alternate explanation of the patient’s illness is evident.
For more detailed recommendations, this guideline can be accessed by visiting the below Australian Government website (CDNA National Guidelines).