February 12, 2014
Skin disease on increase
A new study has found Maori and Pacific people are at highest risk catching a major disease associated with skin and soft tissue infections.
The decade-long study of admissions to Auckland hospital found the number of people hospitalised for skin infections related to Staphylococcus aureus is increasing.
Lead researcher Dr Debbie Williamson says it can also cause serious invasive infections such as osteomyelitis and necrotizing pneumonia.
She says contributing factors to the increase in skin disease include delayed access to healthcare, increases in household crowding and declining socio-economic circumstances for specific population groups such as Maori.
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