Recommendation: strongyloidiasis to be made notifiable

EXPERTS in tropical disease have called for strongyloidiasis to be made notifiable.

In a letter to the MJA, they say infection with the parasite Strongyloides stercoralis is widespread in Indigenous communities with a prevalence of 15% or greater in some areas, across four states and the NT.

Strongyloidiasis should be placed on the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System to improve data collection and eventually guide a national elimination program, the authors say.

Currently, Indigenous patients receive inadequate management, “with