The risk of reported Cryptosporidiosis in children aged <5 years in Australia is highest in very remote regions

The risk of reported Cryptosporidiosis in children aged <5 years in Australia is highest in very remote regions Journal Article

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

  • Author(s): Lal, Aparna, Fearnley, Emily, Kirk, Martyn
  • Published: 2015
  • Volume: 12
  • ISBN: 1660-4601

Abstract: The incidence of cryptosporidiosis is highest in children <5 years, yet little is known about disease patterns across urban and rural areas of Australia. In this study, we examine whether the risk of reported cryptosporidiosis in children <5 years varies across an urban-rural gradient, after controlling for season and gender. Using Australian data on reported cryptosporidiosis from 2001 to 2012, we spatially linked disease data to an index of geographic remoteness to examine the geographic variation in cryptosporidiosis risk using negative binomial regression. The Incidence Risk Ratio (IRR) of reported cryptosporidiosis was higher in inner regional (IRR 1.4 95% CI 1.2–1.7, p < 0.001), and outer regional areas (IRR 2.4 95% CI 2.2–2.9, p < 0.001), and in remote (IRR 5.2 95% CI 4.3–6.2, p < 0.001) and very remote (IRR 8.2 95% CI 6.9–9.8, p < 0.001) areas, compared to major cities. A linear test for trend showed a statistically significant trend with increasing remoteness. Remote communities need to be a priority for future targeted health promotion and disease prevention interventions to reduce cryptosporidiosis in children <5 years.

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Lal, Aparna, Fearnley, Emily, Kirk, Martyn, 2015, The risk of reported Cryptosporidiosis in children aged <5 years in Australia is highest in very remote regions, Volume:12, Journal Article, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14516.

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