Aesen Thambiran

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BACKGROUND Indeterminate results are a recognised limitation of interferon-γ release assays (IGRA) in the diagnosis of latent tuberculosis (TB) infection (LTBI) and TB disease, especially in children. We investigated whether age and common co-morbidities were associated with IGRA performance in an unselected cohort of resettled refugees. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is a cornerstone of the health assessment of resettled high incidence populations, particularly in children. Two blood-based interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs), T-SPOT.TB and QFT-Gold in-tube (QFT-GIT), have greater sensitivity and specificity than the tuberculin skin test (TST), but their(More)
Measles-associated pneumonia, which was severe enough to require mechanical ventilation, caused a mortality of 64%. The main indications for special respiratory care were severe infection and hypoxaemia. Complications of the disease occurred in 78% of the patients. The commonest were anaemia, enteritis and cardiac failure, and they contributed to the grave(More)
OBJECTIVES To document the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in the refugee population settling in Western Australia from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2009 and make recommendations for future screening for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the refugee population. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS A prevalence and quality assurance study of(More)