Medical Observer - Rick Speare's latest Travel Bug

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Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

Strongyloidiasis, caused by the intetsinal parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis is the topic of August's Travel Bug in Medical Observer. This curious nematode can be acquired abroad or in Australia, particularly in rural and remote Aboriginal communities. Symptoms of chronic strongyloidiasis are: larva currens (see picture), hives, upper abdominal pain, and episodic diarrhoea. Strongyloidiasis must be treated, otherwise it is a life-long infection that can have serious outcomes.

Image: Larva currens. Flank of a lady showing red, itchy line that appeared and moved rapidly. Typically disappears within 24 hours. Photo by Dr Wendy Page

Reference

Speare R. A curious worm. Travel Bug. Medical Observer 19 August 2013.

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