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Monitoring carriage of streptococcus pneumoniae among Aboriginal children and adults in Western Australia (formerly Streptococcus pneumoniae)

 

Overview

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

Contacts

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
100 Roberts Road
Subiaco WA 6008
PO Box 855
West Perth WA 6872
Ph: (08) 9489 7777
Fax: (08) 9489 7700
Email: enquire@ichr.uwa.edu.au

Related publications

Lehmann D, Willis J, Moore HC, Giele C, Murphy D, Keil AD, Harrison C, Bayley K, Watson M, Richmond P (2010)

The changing epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians from 1997 through 2007 and emergence of nonvaccine serotypes.

Clinical Infectious Diseases; 50(11): 1477-1486

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Last updated: 4 February 2014
 
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