Last Updated: Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:00

A health epidemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people in a given population within a short period of time.

If a health epidemic occurs and you suspect you may be ill, phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or your doctor before visiting a health facility, to discuss your symptoms and get advice on whether a medical examination or further actions may be necessary.

Lean more about what to do during a pandemic influenza episode on the Queensland Health website.


Preparing for a health epidemic

Follow the steps in our 'Preparing for emergencies' page to make sure you are always prepared for an emergency situation.


How to reduce the risk of a health epidemic