News24.com.au has spoken to health workers about the number of illnesses and injuries they are seeing on the south-eastern Queensland bush this year.

Many of the cases they have seen are of shingling, a condition where people are susceptible to an infection when their immune system is overworked.

It can occur in people who are ill with another infectious disease, such as influenza or pneumonia, or as a result of being exposed to contaminated water.

We’ve seen a lot of shingle-related infections in the bush this winter, especially on the east coast, and they’re the number one cause of concern for the Queensland Government, Health Minister Scott Emerson said.

“There is a lot more concern for our residents in the region.”

A large number of people with shingled skin are also experiencing respiratory problems, with the most common symptom being a cough, cough, or wheeze.

The Queensland Government has announced a $5 million injection to tackle the infection, which has been linked to the spread of shingo fever.

Dr Emerson said the virus had been eradicated in Queensland, but he wanted to ensure there were more resources available to ensure the health of people in the community.

This is the first outbreak in Queensland in more than 20 years, Dr Emerson said, adding that it was important for the state to work with Queensland Health on prevention and treatment.

Anyone who has been exposed to the virus is encouraged to contact their doctor and seek medical advice.

If you or anyone you know is at risk, call the 24-hour emergency helpline on 1800 787 767.

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