Journal article

High Burden of Impetigo and Scabies in a Tropical Country

Andrew C Steer, Adam WJ Jenney, Joseph Kado, Michael R Batzloff, Sophie La Vincente, Lepani Waqatakirewa, E Kim Mulholland, Jonathan R Carapetis

PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Impetigo and scabies are endemic diseases in many tropical countries; however the epidemiology of these diseases is poorly understood in many areas, particularly in the Pacific. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted three epidemiological studies in 2006 and 2007 to determine the burden of disease due to impetigo and scabies in children in Fiji using simple and easily reproducible methodology. Two studies were performed in primary school children (one study was a cross-sectional study and the other a prospective cohort study over ten months) and one study was performed in infants (cross-sectional). The prevalence of active impetigo was 25.6% (95% CI 24.1-27.1) in primary sc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant number U01AI60579. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.