Donovanosis case definition

This document contains the case definitions for which is nationally notifiable within Australia. This definition should be used to determine whether a case should be notified.

Page last updated: 12 March 2004

Australian national notifiable diseases case definitions - Donovanosis


Both confirmed cases and probable cases should be notified.

Confirmed case

A confirmed case requires Laboratory definitive evidence AND clinical evidence.

Laboratory definitive evidence

1. Demonstration of intracellular Donovan bodies on smears or biopsy specimens taken from a lesion


2. Detection of Calymmatobacterium granulomatis by nucleic acid testing of a specimen taken from a lesion.

Clinical evidence

Clinically compatible illness involving genital ulceration.

Probable case

A probable case requires clinical evidence AND epidemiological evidence.

Clinical evidence

As with confirmed case.

Epidemiological evidence

1. A compatible sexual risk history in a person from an endemic area

2. A compatible sexual risk history involving sexual contact with someone from an endemic area.

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