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Headlice: a precursor to Group A Streptococcal infection in remote Indigenous children


Cook, S and Ellis, IK and Knight, S and Lenthall, S, Headlice: a precursor to Group A Streptococcal infection in remote Indigenous children, Primary Intention, 15, (4) pp. 181 - 184. ISSN 1323-2495 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract A child is brought to a remote area nursing clinic by his mother. He appears acutely unwell, is crying and scratching his head through matted hair he has impetigo as a result of head lice. This case report describes the comprehensive wound management considerations to reduce the risk of rheumatic heart disease or renal disease secondary to infection with Group A beta-haemolytic streptococci (GAS). There is an extremely high incidence of impetigo secondary to scabies and head louse infestations in Northern Territory communities. Reducing the incidence of pyogenic skin disease and the more serious sequelae for children from remote Indigenous communities requires more than a course of antibiotics and educating the primary carers. It requires community wide action including promoting the importance of effective prevention and management of skin infections in infants and children and working with other sectors to address household overcrowding, a lack of health hardware, and a lack of ready access to affordable, effective topical head louse treatment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Community and primary care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Ellis, IK (Professor Isabelle Skinner)
ID Code:79342
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2012-09-04
Last Modified:2012-10-04

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