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Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 Nov;15(11):1769-72. doi: 10.3201/eid1511.090777.

Screening practices for infectious diseases among Burmese refugees in Australia.

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  • 1Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria 3050, Australia.

Abstract

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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PMC2857247
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