Title

Health status of Ethiopian refugees in the United States

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-1987

Journal

American Journal of Public Health

Volume

77

Issue

12

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.77.12.1542

Abstract

The health status of 239 Ethiopian refugees in the United States was evaluated. Over 70 per cent were males 15-30 years old. Positive PPDs (purified protein derivative of tuberculin) were observed in 72 per cent and 3.4 per cent had abnormal chest x-rays. One patient had active tuberculosis. Other laboratory abnormalities included: intestinal parasites (36.7 per cent), anemia (14.9 per cent), eosinophilia (14 per cent), positive syphilis serology (7.5 per cent), and hepatitis B surface antigenemia (9.4 per cent). The most prevalent intestinal parasites were Giardia lamblia, Trichuris trichiura, and Schistosoma mansoni.

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