GPs in north Qld on alert for Zika

GPs are being asked to notify public health authorities of any suspected cases of Zika virus as the world is put on alert to stem transmission of the infection linked to birth defects.

Australian health department advice is for doctors to immediately notify public health rather than waiting for confirmatory tests.

The World Health Organization (WHO) overnight declared the threat of Zika virus infection to be a public health emergency of international concern.

Meanwhile a north Queensland GP has called on residents to clean up their yards which could