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New and old hotspots for rickettsial spotted fever acquired in Tasmania, 2012-2017

Willis, Gabriela; Lodo, Kerryn; McGregor, Alistair; Howes, Faline; Williams, Stephanie; Veitch, Mark

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OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of Tasmania‐acquired rickettsial disease notified to the Department of Health in Tasmania from 2012 to 2017 inclusive. METHODS: Data on rickettsiosis cases acquired and notified in Tasmania between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2017 were analysed descriptively. RESULTS: Eighteen cases of rickettsial infection notified in Tasmania 2012–17 and likely acquired in the state met one of three case definitions: 12 confirmed...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWillis, Gabriela
dc.contributor.authorLodo, Kerryn
dc.contributor.authorMcGregor, Alistair
dc.contributor.authorHowes, Faline
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorVeitch, Mark
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-18T03:04:24Z
dc.date.available2020-03-18T03:04:24Z
dc.identifier.issn1326-0200
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/202363
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of Tasmania‐acquired rickettsial disease notified to the Department of Health in Tasmania from 2012 to 2017 inclusive. METHODS: Data on rickettsiosis cases acquired and notified in Tasmania between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2017 were analysed descriptively. RESULTS: Eighteen cases of rickettsial infection notified in Tasmania 2012–17 and likely acquired in the state met one of three case definitions: 12 confirmed (67%), four probable (22%), and two possible (11%). The mean number of cases per year was 3.0 (population rate 0.6 per 100,000 population/year); 60% of cases occurred in November and December. Cases were more commonly older males. Fever, lethargy, and rash were commonly reported symptoms. Thirteen cases were likely acquired on Flinders Island, three around Great Oyster Bay and two in the Midlands. CONCLUSIONS: This study extends our knowledge of the epidemiology of rickettsial disease in Tasmania. This is the first account including confirmed cases acquired in the Midlands of Tasmania. IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH: Increased knowledge and awareness of epidemiology of rickettsial infection in Tasmania is essential for timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment. These findings bear wider relevance outside Tasmania because visitors may also be at risk.
dc.format.extent6 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
dc.rights© 2019 The Authors
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.sourceAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
dc.subjectRickettsia, infectious diseases, epidemiology, surveillance, Flinders Island spotted fever
dc.titleNew and old hotspots for rickettsial spotted fever acquired in Tasmania, 2012-2017
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume43
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-05
dc.date.issued2019-07-03
local.identifier.absfor111706 - Epidemiology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB4621
local.publisher.urlhttps://authorservices.wiley.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWillis, Gabriela, College of Health and Medicine, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationLodo, Kerryn, Department of Health Tasmania
local.contributor.affiliationMcGregor, Alistair, The Royal Hobart Hospital
local.contributor.affiliationHowes, Faline, Tasmanian Department of Health
local.contributor.affiliationWilliams, Stephanie, College of Health and Medicine, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationVeitch, Mark , Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania
local.identifier.essn1753-6405
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage389
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage394
local.identifier.doi10.1111/1753-6405.12918
local.identifier.absseo920109 - Infectious Diseases
dc.date.updated2019-11-25T07:42:59Z
local.identifier.thomsonIDWOS:000478891700015
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.rights.licenseThis is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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