Screening Practices for Infectious Diseases among Burmese Refugees in Australia
Published Date:Nov 2009
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 15(11):1769-1772.
Aged, 80 And Over
Communicable Diseases, Emerging
Hepatitis B, Chronic
Description:Increasing numbers of refugees from Burma (Myanmar) are resettling in Western countries. We performed a retrospective study of 156 Burmese refugees at an Australian teaching hospital. Of those tested, Helicobacter pylori infection affected 80%, latent tuberculosis 70%, vitamin D deficiency 37%, and strongyloidiasis 26%. Treating these diseases can prevent long-term illness.
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