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Risk factors for Mycobacterium ulcerans infection, southeastern Australia

Quek, Tricia Y. J., Athan, Eugene, Henry, Margaret J., Pasco, Julie A., Redden-Hoare, Jane, Hughes, Andrew and Johnson, Paul D. R. 2007, Risk factors for Mycobacterium ulcerans infection, southeastern Australia, Emerging infectious diseases, vol. 13, no. 11, pp. 1661-1666.

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Title Risk factors for Mycobacterium ulcerans infection, southeastern Australia
Author(s) Quek, Tricia Y. J.
Athan, Eugene
Henry, Margaret J.
Pasco, Julie A.
Redden-Hoare, Jane
Hughes, Andrew
Johnson, Paul D. R.
Journal name Emerging infectious diseases
Volume number 13
Issue number 11
Start page 1661
End page 1666
Total pages 6
Publisher U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Place of publication Atlanta, Ga.
Publication date 2007-11
ISSN 1080-6040
Keyword(s) Mycobacterium ulcerans infection
Southeastern Australia
Summary Buruli/Bairnsdale ulcer (BU) is a severe skin and soft tissue disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. To better understand how BU is acquired, we conducted a case-control study during a sustained outbreak in temperate southeastern Australia. We recruited 49 adult patients with BU and 609 control participants from a newly recognized BU-endemic area in southeastern Australia. Participants were asked about their lifestyle and insect exposure. Odds ratios were calculated by using logistic regression and were adjusted for age and location of residence. Odds of having BU were at least halved for those who frequently used insect repellent, wore long trousers outdoors, and immediately washed minor skin wounds; odds were at least doubled for those who received mosquito bites on the lower legs or lower arms. This study provides new circumstantial evidence that implicates mosquitoes in the transmission of M. ulcerans in southeastern Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042828

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