Stacey L Rowe

Learn More
Variation in responses to pathogens is influenced by exposure history, environment and the host's genetic status. We recently demonstrated that human leukocyte antigen class II allelic differences are a major determinant of the severity of invasive group A streptococcal (GAS) sepsis in humans. While in-depth controlled molecular studies on populations of(More)
Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Transmission occurs by the faecal-oral route, either by direct contact with an HAV-infected person or by ingestion of HAV-contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A outbreaks are uncommon in Australia. In 2008, Victoria experienced an outbreak of hepatitis A due to an infected food handler.
BACKGROUND A large outbreak of hepatitis A affected individuals in several Australian states in 2009, resulting in a 2-fold increase in cases reported to state health departments compared with 2008. Two peaks of infection occurred (April-May and September-November), with surveillance data suggesting locally acquired infections from a widely distributed food(More)
BACKGROUND Interest in the use of emergency department (ED) data by syndromic surveillance systems to detect influenza outbreaks has been growing. Evaluations of these systems generally focus on events during influenza seasons. The aims of this study were to identify which emergency department disease codes best correlated with confirmed influenza cases and(More)
BACKGROUND The Victorian Government Department of Health funded a diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine for parents of infants from June 2009 to June 2012 as part of a cocooning strategy for the control of pertussis. The aim of this study was to assess parents' attitudes and awareness of the vaccination program, and to estimate vaccine uptake.(More)
OBJECTIVE The burden of notifiable diseases in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians cannot be accurately estimated due to under-reporting of Indigenous status. We used data linkage to improve completeness of Indigenous status in people notified with viral hepatitis and gonococcal infection. METHODS Notifications made between 2009 and 2010 were(More)
Campylobacter infection is a notifiable infectious disease in Victoria and with more than 6,000 cases notified annually, it is the second most commonly notified disease after chlamydia. The objectives of Campylobacter infection surveillance in Victoria are to monitor the epidemiology of Campylobacter infection, identify outbreaks, initiate control and(More)
Ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) are used as a measure of access to primary health care. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with variation in ACSC admissions at a small area level in Victoria, Australia. The study was ecologic, using Victorian Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) as the unit of analysis. Data sources were(More)