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The emergence of Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Arborea as the dominant infecting serovar following the summer of natural disasters in Queensland, Australia 2011

Citation

Wynwood, SJ and Craig, SB and Graham, GC and Blair, BR and Burns, MA and Weier, SL and Collet, TA and McKay, DB, The emergence of Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Arborea as the dominant infecting serovar following the summer of natural disasters in Queensland, Australia 2011, Tropical Biomedicine, 31, (2) pp. 281-285. ISSN 0127-5720 (2014) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

The following research reports the emergence of Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Arborea as the dominant infecting serovar following the summer of disasters and the ensuing clean up in Queensland, Australia during 2011. For the 12 month period (1 January to 31 December) L. borgpetersenii serovar Arborea accounted for over 49% of infections. In response to a flooding event public health officials need to issue community wide announcements warning the population about the dangers of leptospirosis and other water borne diseases. Communication with physicians working in the affected community should also be increased to update physicians with information such as clinical presentation of leptospirosis and other waterborne diseases. These recommendations will furnish public health officials with considerations for disease management when dealing with future disaster management programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Infectious Diseases
Author:Wynwood, SJ (Dr Sarah Prior)
ID Code:113062
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2016-12-09
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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