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An epidemiological investigation into an outbreak of rash illness among methadone maintenance clients in Australia

McAnulty, Jeremy M.; Jauncey, Marianne E.; Monger, Claire K.; Hailstone, Susan T.; Alam, Noore; Mannes, Trish F.; Capon, Adam G.; Irvine, Katie; Armstrong, Paul K.; Kaldor, John M.


In late 2004, NSW Health received several reports of a serious desquamating rash among clients of the methadone program. We sought to identify the extent and likely cause of this outbreak. We initiated active surveillance for cases throughout Australia, a survey of dosing points in NSW, and a case control study of clients receiving methadone syrup (MS) at two clinics. Between October 2004 and March 2005, 388 cases were identified, largely in NSW. The dosing point survey found almost all cases...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Drug and Alcohol Review
DOI: 10.1080/09595230701247798


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