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15 percent of Australians patch tested react to wet wipes preservative

 Minister Jack Snelling Minister for Health, said today:-
Dermatologists working in South Australia’s hospitals have seen an increase in allergic dermatitis cases as a result of reactions to a preservative found in some wet wipes. National figures show that so far this year, 15 per cent of Australians patch tested for allergic reactions have reacted to Methylisothiazolinone (MI), the preservative found in many wet wipes including baby wipes. This is up from around four per cent in 2005.
Minister for Health Jack Snelling said increased cases of dermatitis are being seen locally and he is urging members of the public to be aware that some people using the wipes may have a
reaction to MI.
“Allergic reactions to MI, such as hand dermatitis, are being found in people using wet wipes such as mothers and babies who are frequently in contact with baby wipes,” Mr Snelling said.
“If people are experiencing a reaction such as a rash or itchiness I would encourage them to see a dermatologist, and if it is found that they are allergic to MI, to thoroughly check labelling before purchasing products.”
Head of Dermatology at Flinders Medical Centre Dr Lynne Gordon said she had seen severe cases of dermatitis caused by ‘wet wipe’ products.
“Allergic dermatitis is a common skin condition which causes an itchy and weeping rash localised to the area in contact with the allergic trigger,” Dr Gordon said.
“It usually develops two or more days after contact with the allergen and lasts as long as contact continues and for a short time afterwards, typically one to two weeks.
“I have seen a number of cases where people in the busyness of their day, use the wipes on their hands and faces and break out in a rash.
“We have also seen cases of elderly people who may use the wipes for personal hygiene.
“If anyone is concerned about the impact of certain products on their skin they should speak to a dermatologist.”
Danae Belfield, 26, of Somerton Park presented to the Emergency Department at Flinders Medical Centre numerous times follow ing severe reactions to MI, most recently after using wetwipes.“I have had a severe and ongoing reaction to a number of products which contain MI,” Ms Belfield said.
“Over the past 14 months, I have suffered with a red, itchy, painful rash over most of my body,which was compounded when I was hospitalised three weeks ago after using wet wipes on my face and neck.
“A patch test helped to determine my reaction was to the MI and I have since stopped using all products that contain the preservative, which has dramatically changed my life.
“I am now vigilant in checking the labels of products I use, including wet wipes, shampoo and other body products, to make sure they do not contain MI.”
allergy 2MI is used to prevent bacterial contamination and is often found in personal hygiene products such as baby wipes, moisturisers and cosmetics.
Dermatologists have also reported treating patients who have been exposed to MI in industrial materials such as paint and wallpaper glue.


Applications now open for the Regional Capability Community Fund

The Minister for Emergency Services Tony Piccolo announced today  applications are now open for grants to help increase capability and safety during emergency incidents in rural, regional and remote communities.

Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo said he encouraged regional South Australians to apply for the grants so they can upgrade equipment to assist with emergency response.

“Speaking with regional communities, I learnt that there was a need to upgrade equipment that forms a fundamental part of a response to an emergency,” Mr Piccolo said

“The Regional Capability Community Fund will offer grants between $500 and $5000 to purchase this equipment and continue the excellent work of our Emergency Services and farm firefighters during emergency situations

“The grants are available to organisations, groups and individuals in rural and regional areas, including registered farm fire units, CFS brigades, SES units and local councils.

“While people in remote and regional areas are resourceful and innovative, this grants program will go a long way to benefit their own safety and the safety of the community as a whole.”

The Regional Capability Community Fund will allow the purchase of items like pumps, communication devices and other essential items used when responding to emergencies.

Mr Piccolo said registered farm fire units can often respond to fires as quickly as other appliances and are an extremely important frontline defense to control fires before they spread.

“These units usually involve the use of trucks, utilities or trailers with water pumps attached to fight fires on their or their neighbour’s properties,” he said.

“So, for example, a farmer may choose to upgrade the water pump attached to their truck.

“Furthermore, we would encourage the community to use the grants to purchase equipment from local businesses so we can maximise the benefit to the community.

“The fund recognises the unique challenges that exist in these regional communities and environments and continues this Government’s proud history of supporting regional communities.”

The Regional Capability Community Fund will provide $2 million of small grants over the next four years. The public has until 24 July, 2015 to make an application. For more information on how to apply for a Regional Capability Community Fund grant, visit http://www.safecom.sa.gov.au or call Ms Deb Bates, RCCF Project Manager on 08 8463 4070.

Source: – Minister Tony Piccolo

Police investigate assault in Naracoorte


Police in Naracoorte are investigating a report of assault involving a child – did you see anything which might assist?

This morning police were advised of an incident, which is incorrectly being reported as an attempted abduction on various social media sites across the Limestone Coast Local Service Area.

About 3.30pm yesterday afternoon a person in a car reportedly stopped and spoke with two primary school aged children who were walking on Park Terrace before ‘slapping’ one on the arm.

The person then drove off and the children went home.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or the incident, is urged to contact police via Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or reporting online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au