Mum and Child

More than 190 children fall ill as nasty gastro outbreak sweeps Queensland

QUEENSLAND is in the midst of an unprecedented gastro outbreak, with almost 200 children reportedly falling ill at daycare centres across the state.

In Queensland, an outbreak of gastroenteritis is defined by more than two confirmed cases of the virus in the same location within a three-day period.

According to media reports on Thursday, 35 childcare centres in Brisbane alone reported an outbreak in the two months between June 15 and August 14.

At least 198 children have contracted the virus so far – 176 more cases than this time last year.

Queensland Health has since confirmed they are currently dealing with an outbreak.

Parents are being urged to keep their children at home if they start to show symptoms as centres try to control the spread of infection.

Missing Ormeau Hills girl found safe and well

Update August 24 @ 5.30am:  Queensland Police has advised the 15-year-old girl reported missing from Ormeau Hills on Tuesday August 22 has been located safe and well.

They thank the public for their assistance.

August 23 @ 7am: Police are asking for help to find a 15-year-old girl who went missing from Ormeau Hills yesterday.

The teen was last seen on a bus at Ormeau around 3.00pm.

Concerns are being held for her safety and its believed she may be travelling to Cairns.

She’s described as 165cm tall, slim build with shoulder light brown hair and brown eyes.

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You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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Gold Coast ratepayers warned of SMS scam claiming to be from Council

Gold Coast ratepayers are being warned about an SMS scam currently doing the rounds.

The text message, claiming to be from City of Gold Coast, encourages victims to make payments.

It reads: “Secret code for biller GCCC *****, ****** do not provide this to anyone including the Nab”

Organisational Services Director Glen Potter today urged local ratepayers to ignore the text and contact their banks.

“The first council heard about it [the scam] was last week, and it was provided by ratepayers” Mr Potter said.

“There was no breach of council data bases so we weren’t aware that the scam was occurring.

“The ratepayers made us aware, so we did some investigations and suggested to them that they should contact their banks.

“Council has also referred the matter to the police.”

Mr Potter emphasised that sending out text messages requesting people to make payments is not something that council would ever do.

“This is a scam so please ignore it,” he said.


RACQ says Queenslanders still willing to risk drink driving

The latest RACQ survey shows Queenslanders are still willing to risk drink driving if they think they can get away with it.

The study shows nearly one in seven drivers will get behind the wheel under the influence if they think they can get away with by “taking the back way home”.

13 per cent of drivers admitted to driving when they think they’ve had too much too drink and of those, 46 per cent said they’d taken a different route home to avoid a breath test.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said they don’t realise how irresponsible they’re being.

“Drink driving contributes to about 20 per cent of all fatalities on Queensland roads,” she said.

“To see so many people are willingly getting behind the wheel and then actively trying to get around police and trying to go rat-runs to avoid those main areas where random breath tests might be, it’s mind-boggling.”

Further research showed women believe they could consume more than two standard drinks within the first hour and still drive.

RACQ said it was worrying they didn’t know their limits and should only consume one standard drink per hour to stay under the 0.05 limit.


Comedian Jerry Lewis dies age 91

Comedian, director and slapstick legend Jerry Lewis has passed away aged 91 surrounded by his family in Las Vegas.

His publicist, Candi Canzau, confirmed Lewis died of natural causes.

He first rose to fame in the early 1950s when he starred in a frenzied comedy-and-music act with Dean Martin.

After his famous split with Martin in 1956, Lewis moved to starring and directing in a slew of films.

Later generations would know Lewis as the tireless conductor of the American Labor Day weekend telethons, which raised funds for victims of muscular dystrophy.

His death has been met with great sadness from Hollywood.