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Eur J Epidemiol. 2016 Jul;31(7):707-10. doi: 10.1007/s10654-016-0187-x. Epub 2016 Jul 23.

Screening for infectious diseases among unaccompanied minor refugees in Berlin, 2014-2015.

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Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353, Berlin, Germany. stefanie.theuring@charite.de.
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Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353, Berlin, Germany.

Abstract

Infectious diseases (except tuberculosis) were screened among 1248 unaccompanied minor refugees (UMRs) arriving in Berlin in 2014-2015; 40 % originated from Syria. More than half of the refugees presented without any pathologic finding. Infections requiring treatment were diagnosed in 19.6 %, mainly infections with Giardia and intestinal helminths as well as schistosomiasis, while potentially contagious diseases were diagnosed in 15.3 % of all screened UMRs.

KEYWORDS:

Germany; Giardia; Infectious diseases screening; Unaccompanied minor refugees

PMID:
27450185
DOI:
10.1007/s10654-016-0187-x
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