Factors supporting sustainability of a community-based scabies control program

Li-Chuen Wong, Beth Amega, Ruth Barker, Christine M. Connors, Mary E. Dulla, Anela Ninnal, Margaret M. Cumaiyi, Loyola Kolumboort, Bart Currie

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    Scabies remains a major problem in Aboriginal communities within the Northern Territory of Australia. Secondary skin infection with Group A streptococcus (GAS) is very common and post-streptococcal disease rates remain high. Treating families in isolation will have only limited success, as reinfection frequently occurs as a result of the high levels of movement between households and communities. We describe the results of a successful community intervention to reduce scabies and GAS skin infection in one of the largest Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, 15 months post-intervention, and we discuss factors that have led to the success and sustainability of the program.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)274-277
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Dermatology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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