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Euro Surveill. 2016;21(10):30160. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.10.30160.

Profile of illness in Syrian refugees: A GeoSentinel analysis, 2013 to 2015.

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Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany.


Screening of 488 Syrian unaccompanied minor refugees (< 18 years-old) in Berlin showed low prevalence of intestinal parasites (Giardia, 7%), positive schistosomiasis serology (1.4%) and absence of hepatitis B. Among 44 ill adult Syrian refugees examined at GeoSentinel clinics worldwide, cutaneous leishmaniasis affected one in three patients; other noteworthy infections were active tuberculosis (11%) and chronic hepatitis B or C (9%). These data can contribute to evidence-based guidelines for infectious disease screening of Syrian refugees.


Geosentinel; Giardia; Leishmania; Syria; refugee; tuberculosis

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