Neglected tropical diseases in Australia: a narrative review

Kurscheid, J. and Gordon, C. A. and Clarke, N. E. and Wangdi, K. and Kelly, M. and Lal, A. and Mutombo, P. N. and Wang, D. and Mationg, M. L. and Clements, A. C. and Muhi, S. and Bradbury, R. S. and Biggs, B. A. and Page, W. and Williams, G. and McManus, D. P. and Gray, D.. (2022) Neglected tropical diseases in Australia: a narrative review. Med J Aust, 216 (10). pp. 532-538.

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*Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) represent a threat to the health, wellbeing and economic prosperity of billions of people worldwide, often causing serious disease or death. *Commonly considered diseases of low and middle-income nations, the presence of NTDs in high income countries such as Australia is often overlooked. *Seven of the 20 recognised NTDs are endemic in Australia: scabies, soil-transmitted helminths and strongyloidiasis, echinococcosis, Buruli ulcer, leprosy, trachoma, and snakebite envenoming. *Dengue, while not currently endemic, poses a risk of establishment in Australia. There are occasional outbreaks of dengue fever, with local transmission, due to introductions in travellers from endemic regions. *Similarly, the risk of introduction of other NTDs from neighbouring countries is a concern. Many NTDs are only seen in Australia in individuals travelling from endemic areas, but they need to be recognised in health settings as the potential consequences of infection can be severe. *In this review, we consider the status of NTDs in Australia, explore the risk of introducing and contracting these infections, and emphasise the negative impact they have on the health of Australians, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Medicine (MED) > Clinical Statistics and Data Management (Glass)
UniBasel Contributors:Kurscheid, Johanna
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
ISSN:1326-5377 (Electronic)0025-729X (Linking)
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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