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Decreasing intestinal parasites in recent Northern California refugees.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23149583     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Beginning in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the overseas presumptive treatment of intestinal parasites with albendazole to include refugees from the Middle East. We surveyed the prevalence of helminths and protozoa in recent Middle Eastern refugees (2008-2010) in comparison with refugees from other geographical regions and from a previous survey (2001-2004) in Santa Clara County, California. Based on stool microscopy, helminth infections decreased, particularly in Middle Eastern refugees (0.1% versus 2.3% 2001-2004, P = 0.01). Among all refugees, Giardia intestinalis was the most common protozoan found. Protozoa infections also decreased somewhat in Middle Eastern refugees (7.2%, 2008-2010 versus 12.9%, 2001-2004, P = 0.08). Serology for Strongyloides stercoralis and Schistosoma spp. identified more infected individuals than stool exams. Helminth infections are increasingly rare in refugees to Northern California. Routine screening stool microscopy may be unnecessary in all refugees.
Authors:
Alicia H Chang; Sharon Perry; Jenny N T Du; Abdulkareem Agunbiade; Andrea Polesky; Julie Parsonnet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-11-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene     Volume:  88     ISSN:  1476-1645     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-10     Completed Date:  2013-02-26     Revised Date:  2014-03-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370507     Medline TA:  Am J Trop Med Hyg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
California / epidemiology
Child
Child, Preschool
Female
Humans
Infant
Infant, Newborn
Intestines / parasitology*
Male
Middle Aged
Middle East / ethnology
Parasitic Diseases / epidemiology*,  parasitology
Refugees*
Young Adult
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
K23 AI091688/AI/NIAID NIH HHS; K23AI054443/AI/NIAID NIH HHS; K23AI091688/AI/NIAID NIH HHS; R01 AI042801/AI/NIAID NIH HHS; R01AI042801/AI/NIAID NIH HHS; R01AI042801-10SI/AI/NIAID NIH HHS
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