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Kearns, Therese M. and Ward, Linda M. (2015): Scabies Repository. Charles Darwin University.

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School, Research Institute or Centre Menzies School of Health Research
Contact Name Kearns, Therese
Contact email
Postal Address Menzies School of Health Research, PO Box 41096, Casuarina, NT 0811.
Access Condition open access
Embargo Ends 2015-11-01
Project Name Impact of an ivermectin mass drug administration program against endemic scabies and strongyloidiasis (NHMRC 605804)
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Project Description Scabies is endemic in many Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with 69% of infants infected in the first year of life. Previous mass drug administration (MDA) programs using topical acaricides to decrease scabies prevalence have had varying degrees of success in Australia. We were invited by one community in eastern Arnhem Land to develop and deliver an oral-ivermectin MDA. Utilizing a before and after study design, we measured scabies prevalence through population census with sequential MDAs at baseline and month 12. Scabies prevalence fell from 4% at baseline to 1% at month 6, rising to 9% at month 12 in association with an identified exposure to a presumptive crusted scabies case. For new entries to the cohort at month 12 scabies prevalence was higher at 14%. We were able to demonstrate a reduction in scabies prevalence in the six months after each MDA with a low risk of acquisition (1–2%); however, a sustained reduction was not achieved.
NHMRC Grant No. 605804
Data Collection Name Scabies Repository
Creator Kearns, Therese M.
Ward, Linda M.
Personal Webpage
Collection Start Date 2010-03-01
Collection End Date 2012-10-31
Type of Data in Collection Numbers and text
Keyword scabies,
mass drug administration
Geographic Co-ordinates Northern Territory
Time Period Start Date 2010-03-01
Time Period End Date 2012-10-31
Description of Resource Scabies infestation status of human participants from a remote Aboriginal community in Northern Australia.

Software Required Excel
Language eng
ANZSRC Field of Research (FoR) Code 110309 - Infectious Diseases
Collection Type Dataset
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Thérèse M. Kearns , Richard Speare, Allen C. Cheng, James McCarthy, Jonathan R. Carapetis, Deborah C. Holt, Bart J. Currie, Wendy Page, Jennifer Shield, Roslyn Gundjirryirr, Leanne Bundhala, Eddie Mulholland, Mark Chatfield, Ross M. Andrews

Published: October 30, 2015
Publisher Charles Darwin University
Published Date 2015
ORCID 0000-0003-0862-7572
CDU Research ID N-2308-2013

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