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Column: How fragile we are

June 19, 2014 - 19:47 -- Bart G.J. Knols
So you live in South Sudan. Your nation exists for just less than two years, but unfortunately has been the scene of rivalry and outspoken conflict. You, together with hundreds of thousands fellow countrymen have had to flee. You have arrived in Ethiopia, after a difficult journey partly by foot and partly by boat. You have arrived in Ethiopia, you are safe.
 
Ethiopia has arranged for refugee camps sites to be set up to accommodate many of you. Unfortunately, the area is seasonally affected by malaria. And although you are very familiar with the dark side of malaria, it is the least of worries to you now. You have to get registered; you need to get food, cooking materials, and accommodation. Accommodation is a big word for the variety of tents, tukuls, plastic sheeting and other forms of shelter you see. But you collect what you can, and you get a net...

Presumptive Treatment to Reduce Imported Malaria among Refugees from East Africa Resettling in the United States

October 10, 2011 - 08:03 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Christina R. Phares, Bryan K. Kapella, Annelise C. Doney, Paul M. Arguin, Michael Green, Leul Mekonnen, Aleksander Galev, Michelle Weinberg, and William M. Stauffer
Reference: 
Am J Trop Med Hyg 2011 85:612-615

Refugees from East Africa Resettling in the United StatesDuring May 4, 2007–February 29, 2008, the United States resettled 6,159 refugees from Tanzania. Refugees received pre-departure antimalarial treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), partially supervised (three/six doses) artemether-lumefantrine (AL), or fully supervised AL.

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Key Paper Evaluation: Is screening for malaria necessary among asymptomatic refugees and immigrants coming from endemic countries?

May 28, 2011 - 09:14 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Begoña Monge-Maillo and Rogelio López-Vélez
Reference: 
May 2011, Vol. 9, No. 5, Pages 521-524

This article assesses the findings of a recent study performed in Canada where malaria prevalence among recently arrived asymptomatic refugees was measured.

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Post-Arrival Screening for Malaria in Asymptomatic Refugees Using Real-Time PCR

January 7, 2011 - 11:37 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Chelsea E. Matisz., Prenilla Naidu., Stephanie K. Yanow., et al.
Reference: 
Am J Trop Med Hyg, Jan 2011; 84: 161 - 165.

These results suggest that appropriate guidelines for malaria screening should consider the risk of relapsing infections, and they highlight the potential usefulness of real-time PCR in the diagnosis of asymptomatic malaria.

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