Enteric pathogen infection and consequences for child growth in young Aboriginal Australian children: a cross-sectional study
Sarah Hanieh, Siddhartha Mahanty, George Gurruwiwi, Therese Kearns, Roslyn Dhurrkay, Veronica Gondarra, Jenny Shield, Norbert Ryan, Francesca Azzato, Susan A Ballard, Nicole Orlando, Sullen Nicholson, Katherine Gibney, Julie Brimblecombe, Wendy Page, Leonard C Harrison, Beverley-Ann Biggs
BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES | BMC | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: To determine the prevalence of enteric infections in Aboriginal children aged 0-2 years using conventional and molecular diagnostic techniques and to explore associations between the presence of pathogens and child growth. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of Aboriginal children (n = 62) residing in a remote community in Northern Australia, conducted from July 24th - October 30th 2017. Stool samples were analysed for organisms by microscopy (directly in the field and following fixation and storage in sodium-acetate formalin), and by qualitative PCR for viruses, bacteria and parasites and serology for Strongyloides-specific IgG. Child growth (height and weight) was measured and z ..View full abstract
This work was supported through a grant from the Hallmark Indigenous Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.