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42 Murray Street, Wonthaggi
25 a’Beckett Street, Inverloch
truck but a common
disease that goes
By John Turner B Social Welfare,
Master Intl & Community Development, MAAPM
Recently I was reading but had the radio on in the background which was
tuned to ABC radio national. I heard the phrase 'CMV' and because I
used to be in the vehicle industry and thought that CMV was an acronym
like SUV or CRV or HRV I paused my reading to listen to the radio. As I
listened I realised that CMV had nothing at all to do with vehicles but is a
virus that is now the leading non-genetic cause of disability in newborn
I have worked in the health sector for many years but have never heard it
mentioned by doctor or nurses, so you can imagine my surprise when it
was stated on the programme that this virus is so common that
approximately 50% of young people are infected with it.
What is CMV?
CMV is a virus that is in the same family of viruses that cause Chicken
Pox, Glandular Fever and Cold Sores and is found in urine, nasal
mucous, breast milk, vaginal secretions and semen of infected people. If
any of these secretions come into contact with others for example as a
result of coughing, sneezing, sharing food and drinks, changing nappies,
poor food handling, sexual intercourse and other sexual activities, the
other person can be infected. Once infected, people remain infected
throughout their lives; the virus lies dormant in the body and may or ma y
not reactivate at any time.
Symptoms and Consequences of Infection
With otherwise healthy children and adults often there are no symptoms
at all or a very mild flu-like illness that lasts a few days. However in
immune compromised people the symptoms can be more extensive. Any
of the body's organs can be affected - blood, brain, colon, eyes, lungs,
kidneys, liver and stomach may all be targeted by the virus.
At particular risk are pregnant women and their unborn children. If the
pregnant mother catches CMV for the first time during pregnancy they
can pass it on to their unborn baby this is called 'Congenital CMV'.
Approximately six children in every 1000 births will have congenital
CMV and of those six, one to two will have permanent disabilities of
varying degree. These disabilities include, deafness, vision loss, small
head size, cerebral palsy, developmental delay or intellectual
impairment and in very rare cases death.
Pregnant women who are infected with CMV well before pregnancy are
unlikely to pass on the infection to the unborn child.
Testing for CMV, which is a blood test for anti-bodies, is not routinely
recommended for all women during pregnancy or for newborn babies.
It is however recommended for pregnant women who develop an acute
viral illness or when ultrasound reveals a foetal abnormality.
If a mother is known to have had a primary infection during pregnancy
then testing for congenital CMV is recommended for the newborn even if
they appear to be healthy at birth as hearing and vision loss can develop
CMV is not curable and remains with the infected person for life.
However the good news is that it is easily preventable by simple good
personal hygiene and everyday infection control measures.
Pregnant mothers are recommended (CMV Association Australia) to
take the following steps:
! Wash hands often with soap and running water for at least 15 seconds
and dry thoroughly. This is most important after close contact with
young children, after changing nappies, blowing noses, feeding a
young child, handling children's toys or dummies/soothers.
! Do not share food, drinks, eating utensils or toothbrushes with young
! Avoid contact with saliva when kissing a child
! Use simple detergent and water to clean toys, countertops and other
surfaces that come into contact with children's saliva, mucous or
Better Health Channel (2016) “Fact Sheet: Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
CMV Australia Web Page (2016) at www.CMV.org.au
Prince, H E & Lape-Nixon, M (2014) “Role of Cytomegalovirus
(CMV) IgG Avidity Testing in Diagnosing Primary CMV Infection
During Pregnancy” in the Journal of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology
2014 Oct: 21(10): 1377-1384 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
(Article courtesy of Wonthaggi Medical Group,
42 Murray Street, Wonthaggi)
PEOPLE who have lived for many
years in South Gippsland, would
have heard of South Gippsland Ca-
This company was started in Ko -
rumburra in 1971 by local identi-
ties, Bill and Pam O’Neill.
Permission was granted to oper-
ate out of their backyard in Korum-
burra, but as the business grew, in
1979 they moved to the industrial
It was a very successful company,
delivering frozen foods, dry goods
and dairy products all over South
Gippsland for 36 years.
In 2007, Bill and Pam sold their
business to PFD Foods, however,
they did keep a food van and por-
table cool room.
Bill and Pam supported charity
events, towing these facilities to
functions, school fetes, festivals
and sporting events for many years,
during their time with the business
and also after they retired.
During 2015, Bill and Pam de-
cided to donate their food van and
portable cool room to the Rotary
Club of Korumburra.
“ This was most generous of them,
as they are worth many thousands
of dollars,” Rotary Club president
elect Peter Biggins said.
“ The Rotary Club of Korumburra
was very appreciative of this kind
offer and has since had the food
van painted by two street artists
The newly badged food van and
portable cool room had its first
major workout at the music festival
at Krowera over the New Year, and
at the Swap Meet in Korumburra
The club with the graffiti van
Rotarian Bill O’Neill, right, sends president elect Peter Biggins and past president George Auddino, to
work in the new Rotary food van. Absent: Pam O’Neill. D130216.
VLINE has changed its bus timeta-
bles on all South Gippsland routes.
The changed timetables will come
in to effect on January 31, 2016.
V/Line Chief Executive Theo Tai-
falos said a timetable review had
identified some adjustments to the
schedule to help reduce delays,
improve connections and accom-
modate the new railway routes in
“Rather than a complete overhaul
of the V/Line network timetable,
we have focused on making adjust-
ments to address some ongoing
challenges and recognise our rapid
patronage growth,” Mr Taifalos said.
“Some services will have differ-
ent departure and arrival times and
others will have minor adjustments
to stopping patterns, so I encourage
our customers to pick up a copy of
the timetable or visit our website to
plan their journey.”
Local changes to South Gippsland
routes include extra stops on the V/
Line coach services between Dande-
nong and Inverloch at Deep Creek
Street near Grantville, Wonthaggi
North and Inverloch Police Sta-
tion, and some departure times will
change by up to 19 minutes.
The Bay Road stop on this route
will be renamed Jam Jerrup.
There will also be minor changes
to reflect traffic conditions and to
improve connections on the Dande-
nong and Yarram coach service.
New timetables will be available on-
line at vline.com.au and ptv.vic.gov.au.
A pocket timetable can be mailed
out to customers on request by call-
ing 1800 800 007.
Public Transport Victoria recently
published its performance results
for December 2015.
The report showed Metro deliv-
ered 93.9 per cent of services on-
time in December; VLine (trains)
delivered 85.6 per cent of services
on-time in December and Yarra
Trams delivered 81.6 per cent of
services on-time in December.
No results are available for VLine
For results, see the PTV website at
Shaking up the bus timetable
JEAN White was awarded a Life Member-
ship of Koringal Womens Service Club at the
Christmas break-up party at Korumburra.
Jean has been a volunteer in Koringal for
over 30 years, holding many committee po -
sitions while still raising her family, working
as a nurse and being involved in many other
clubs in the community.
Jean is a valued member of the club, and
a worthy recipient.
A lifetime of service
RIGHT: Jean White is congratulated by
President Bev Hall on receiving a Life Mem-
bership to Koringal Womens Service Club.
DAVID Halliday Monk is wanted by
police for questioning for a number of
issues and is calling for the public’s
help to track him down.
David Halliday Monk is 35 years-
old, 183cms tall, has a solid build,
blue eyes and brown hair.
He has 10 outstanding warrants
relating to allegedly handling stolen
goods, multiple traffic offences and
breach of bail in the Bass Coast area.
Police also believe he was involved in
a car theft in Wonthaggi.
If you know the whereabouts of Da-
vid Halliday Monk, contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
RIGHT: David Halliday Monk is
known to frequent the Wonthaggi area.
Have you seen David?
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