Abstract: Acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN) outbreaks are sporadically seen in the Northern Territory (NT), although their global prevalence is declining. We report the methodology and results of a large-scale interventional program initiated after 1 such outbreak, and provide feedback on achievements and limitations to guide further public health response field trips. Children between the ages of 1 and 17 years were screened for signs of glomerulonephritis, skin sores, and scabies. Of the targeted population 56.8% were able to be screened, 40.5% of whom were found to have skin sores requiring treatment and 3.1% of whom had scabies. Screening for trachoma was also opportunistically undertaken on a subset of this population (those aged 4 to 17 years). Overall, 19 cases of trachoma were found 18 of 19 were aged <10 years signifying a prevalence of 5.4% of those screened. In this context we discuss the methodology behind the screening and public health response with the aim of improving access and participation in future screening programs.
Mansfield, Kezia, Gunn, Jennie, Wilson, Nicole, Scott, Lesley, 2011, Acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis and opportunistic trachoma screening in an Indigenous community in the Northern Territory, 2011, Volume:18, Journal Article, viewed 02 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=38627.