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Skin infections among Indigenous Australians in an urban setting in Far North Queensland.

Valery, Patricia C.; Wenitong, M.; Clements, Vanessa; Sheel, M.; McMillan, D.; Stirling, J.; Sriprakash, K. S.; Batzloff, M.; Vohra, R.; McCarthy, J. S.


Skin infections are highly prevalent in many Australian Aboriginal communities. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of group A streptococcus (GAS) and Staphylococcus aureus in skin sores of Indigenous people living in an urban setting. We undertook a cross-sectional study of 173 children and youths attending the Wuchopperen Clinic (Cairns) for treatment of skin infections. Participants were interviewed using a structured questionnaire, and a skin lesion swab obtained. The median age...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Epidemiology and Infection
DOI: 10.1017/S0950268807009740


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