Journal article

Hospital admissions for skin and soft tissue infections in a population with endemic scabies: A prospective study in Fiji, 2018-2019

Li Jun Thean, Adam Jenney, Daniel Engelman, Lucia Romani, Handan Wand, Jyotishna Mudaliar, Jessica Paka, Tuliana Cua, Sera Taole, Aalisha Sahukhan, Mike Kama, Meciusela Tuicakau, Joseph Kado, Natalie Carvalho, Margot Whitfeld, John Kaldor, Andrew C Steer

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


Scabies is an important predisposing factor for impetigo but its role in more serious skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) is not well understood. Information is limited on incidence of SSTIs in the presence of endemic scabies. We conducted a prospective study of hospital admissions for SSTIs in the Northern Division of Fiji (population: 131,914). Prospective surveillance for admissions with impetigo, abscess, cellulitis, wound infection, pyomyositis, necrotizing fasciitis, infected scabies, and crusted scabies was conducted at the Division's referral hospital between 2018 to 2019. Information was collected on demographic characteristics, clinical features, microbiology, treatment and out..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this study was from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, awarded as a project grant (Grant number: APP1127300) to Andrew Steer (Principal Investigator), Margot Whitfeld, Handan Wand, Mike Kama, Joseph Kado, Lucia Romani and Natalie Carvalho. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.