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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Guidelines for management of trachoma in the Northern Territory (2008)

Author

Centre for Disease Control

City

Darwin

Type

Report

Institution

Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control

 

Description

The Guidelines for management of trachoma in the Northern Territory 2008 were adapted from the Communicable Disease Network Australia (CDNA) Guidelines for the public health management of trachoma in Australia 2006, to reflect the unique needs of the Northern Territory.

The guidelines differ from the CDNA guidelines in the following ways.

  1. Azithromycin antibiotic treatment is recommended for all cases and household contacts of trachoma including babies
  2. Children under 6 months of age who receive azithromycin should be actively followed up at 1 week and 4 weeks to observe for adverse effects
  3. In communities where the rate of trachoma is greater than 20%, re-treatment with azithromycin after 6 months is strongly encouraged.

Abstract adapted from Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control

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Last updated: 25 March 2014
 
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