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BACKGROUND Between November 2003 and January 2004, outbreaks of norovirus in 3 Australian jurisdictions involving 83 cases of illness were associated with imported oyster meat. METHODS Cohort studies were conducted in 2 jurisdictions to identify relative risks of illness for the consumption of oysters. A case series was conducted in the third(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the causes of the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations of the Northern Territory and how the causes have evolved over time. DESIGN AND SETTING Analysis of NT death data over four 5-year periods, 1 January 1981 to 31 December 2000 inclusive. A decomposition method using discrete approximations(More)
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection can cause significant morbidity and mortality in neonates. We investigated a nosocomial MRSA outbreak in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), using a novel typing method. Following two fatal cases, in May 2011, a prospective outbreak investigation was conducted, involving neonates, mothers and(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarise the available evidence concerning the prevalence, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and management of strongyloidiasis in Northern Australia. METHODS We searched Medline, Clinical Evidence and the Cochrane Library using MeSH terms and text words 'strongyloides OR strongyloidiasis'. For Australian studies we included text words(More)
Four kindreds of east Arnhem Land Australian aboriginal people from Groote Eylandt and adjacent communities display symptoms of a similar spinocerebellar degeneration (multiple-system degenerative disease). The familial pattern indicates an autosomal dominant inheritance, though with varying penetrance in different families. This condition is clinically and(More)
The difficulty of establishing a diagnosis and confirming cure of strongyloidiasis is widely appreciated. As parasitological diagnosis is often unsatisfactory, serodiagnosis is frequently relied upon. The aim of this study was to investigate changes in Strongyloides-specific antibody levels among a group of 79 seropositive Indigenous Australians living in a(More)
Healthcare-associated fungal outbreaks impose a substantial economic burden on the health system and typically result in high patient morbidity and mortality, particularly in the immunocompromised host. As the population at risk of invasive fungal infection continues to grow due to the increased burden of cancer and related factors, the need for hospitals(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the epidemiology, clinical features, management and outcomes of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the Northern Territory over the past decade. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS An NT-wide epidemiology study covering the period 1991-2010 and a clinical cohort study including patients diagnosed during 2000-2011. HCC diagnoses were provided(More)
Objective: To identify the causes of the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and nonIndigenous populations of the Northern Territory and how the causes have evolved over time. Design and setting: Analysis of NT death data over four 5-year periods, 1 January 1981 to 31 December 2000 inclusive. A decomposition method using discrete approximations(More)