Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership CDU, Prof Adrian Miller, today hosted his colleagues at Charles Darwin University for the 12th National Workshop on Strongyloidiasis.

Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities have a very high prevalence of strongyloidiasis, of 15% or greater, and indications are that the infection is widespread in Indigenous communities in QLD, the NT, WA, northern SA and northern NSW. Sadly, many Indigenous patients do not receive appropriate treatment, with potentially fatal consequences.

The workshops theme was ‘Prevention and Control’ where topics discussed were; Current status of Neglected Tropical Diseases Worldwide; Genotyping Applications, Diagnostics; Strongyloides in children; Safety of ivermectin in young children and pregnant women; Environmental; Community engagement and Health Promotion aspects, and options for control.

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