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An outbreak of acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis in remote Far North Queensland

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  • Melania Scrace,

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    1. Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Cairns, and
      Dr Melania Scrace, Medical Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Cairns 4870, Queensland, Australia. Email: mscrace@rfdsqld.com.au
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  • Karen Koko

    1. Lockhart River Primary Health Care Centre, Cape York, Queensland, Australia
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Dr Melania Scrace, Medical Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Cairns 4870, Queensland, Australia. Email: mscrace@rfdsqld.com.au

Abstract

Background: To observe and record an outbreak of acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN) in the Lockhart River community in 2005 and the steps taken by health workers to contain the epidemic.

Methods: A descriptive study of cases of APSGN and children aged from 2 to 12 years involved in the screening program.

Setting: A remote indigenous community in Far North Queensland.

Participants: All children aged from 2 to 12 years in the Lockhart River community.

Results: Eighty-seven children were screened. And 46% were found to have infected scabies.

Conclusions: There were 11 confirmed cases of APSGN over four months from February to May. Infected scabies was the main preceding finding in these children.

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