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Fatal anaphylaxis following jack jumper ant sting in southern Tasmania

Citation

Brown, S and Wu, QX and Kelsall, GRH and Heddle, RJ and Baldo, BA, Fatal anaphylaxis following jack jumper ant sting in southern Tasmania, Medical Journal of Australia, 175, (11-12) pp. 644-647. ISSN 0025-729X (2001) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

The "jack jumper" ant (Myrmecia pilosula) is a major cause of anaphylaxis in Tasmania. We describe four deaths attributed to stings by this ant between 1980 and 1999. All victims were men aged 40 years or over with significant comorbidities; two were taking angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, which may increase risk of severe anaphylaxis. Three victims had known ant-sting allergy, but only one carried adrenaline, which he did not use. Another believed he was protected by previous attempts at hyposensitisation with whole ant-body extract. There is potential to prevent deaths by careful education of people with known allergy, prescribing of adrenaline for auto-injection and development of an effective hyposensitisation therapy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Clinical Sciences
Research Field:Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Immune System and Allergy
Author:Brown, S (Professor Simon Brown)
Author:Kelsall, GRH (Dr Robert Kelsall)
ID Code:21732
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-21
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