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This study aims to monitor pneumococcal carriage by Indigenous people in urban, rural, and remote areas of Western Australia.
The bacteria pneumococci, of which there are 90 known strains, can cause middle ear infections, meningitis, pneumonia and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
Nasal and ear swabs are being collected from Indigenous adults and children to identify the strains current in the Indigenous population. The study is also investigating the impact of vaccines, and antibiotic resistance.
Abstract adapted from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
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West Perth WA 6872
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