15th National Workshop on Strongyloidiasis
Date – Thursday 7th October 2021
Venue – Australian National University, Canberra ACT
Strongyloides 20 years on: End the neglect
Strongyloides Australia Inc.
Strongyloides stercoralis in Australia
This site is for anyone interested in learning, teaching, contributing anything about Strongyloides – diagnosis, treatment, research – anything. Join this group and share your experiences or work on this very unusual and interesting helminth.
What is Strongyloides?
Strongyloidiasis is a treatable chronic infectious disease caused by tiny roundworms Strongyloides stercoralis. In Australia it affects residents, staff and visitors of remote communities; refugees and migrants from other countries where it is endemic; and returned travelers and service personnel who have visited other countries where it is endemic. Often it is a life-long and a chronic sub-clinical infection unless eliminated from the body by effective treatment and follow-up. Most patients are unaware that they carry this worm, but when it develops into the severe form of the disease, it becomes life threatening. It is usually triggered by treatment of an infected person with corticosteroid drugs and other drugs that suppress the immune response to the worms.
S1 Fig. Strongyloides serology: map1 of number of people positive for each suburb, town, community or locality2, 2012–2016, including data from all six laboratories. 1This map was created using our data, Tableau software and a Mapbox base map. 2The ACT and greater capital cities have been omitted. The ranges of numbers positive are shown by colour and size of the dots. ACT = Australian Capital Territory; NSW = New South Wales; NT = Northern Territory; QLD = Queensland; SA = South Australia; TAS = Tasmania; VIC = Victoria; WA = Western Australia. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0009160.s001
Fig 2. Strongyloides serology: map1 showing the number of people positive per 100,000 population, for each ABS statistical area level 3 (region), 2012–2016, Australia and greater capital cities, including the positive data from all six laboratories. 1This map was created using, our data, Tableau software, an ABS shapefile and a Mapbox base map. A = ACT; Ad = Adelaide; B = Brisbane; D = Darwin; H = Hobart; M = Melbourne P = Perth; S = Sydney; NSW = New South Wales; NT = Northern Territory; QLD = Queensland; SA = South Australia; TAS = Tasmania; VIC = Victoria; WA = Western Australia. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0009160.g002