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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 Apr;60(2):487-505. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2012.12.010. Epub 2013 Feb 1.

Infections in internationally adopted children.

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  • 1Division of Global Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA.


Thousands of international adoptees join families in the United States every year. Many have been in institutional care and are from countries or areas with a high risk of several infectious diseases. Focused infectious disease testing is important to ensure the health of the adoptee, as well as their new family and the larger community in which they now live. Newly arrived internationally adopted children should be screened for specific infections, including viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections. They should ideally be seen shortly after arrival by a multidisciplinary team at a center specializing in international adoption.

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