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Commun Dis Intell Q Rep. 2010 Mar;34(1):37-40.

The impact of pre-departure screening and treatment on notifications of malaria in refugees in south-east Queensland.

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Brisbane Southside Public Health Unit, Queensland Health.


This study aimed to investigate changes in the notification rate of malaria in refugees over a period of national policy change on pre-departure screening. Notifying clinicians were interviewed to complete a standardised enhanced surveillance form. A decline in refugee malaria notifications occurred after implementation of a national policy to offer pre-departure malaria screening and treatment as necessary to refugees. Surveillance data support the benefit of offering pre-departure screening and treatment as necessary to refugees.

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