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Type: Journal article
Title: Iatrogenic blood-borne viral infections in refugee children from war and transition zones
Author: Goldwater, P.
Citation: Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2013; 19(6):892-898
Publisher: Center Disease Control
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1080-6040
1080-6059
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Paul N. Goldwater
Abstract: Pediatric infectious disease clinicians in industrialized countries may encounter iatrogenically transmitted HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus infections in refugee children from Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. The consequences of political collapse and/or civil war—work migration, prostitution, intravenous drug use, defective public health resources, and poor access to good medical care—all contribute to the spread of blood-borne viruses. Inadequate infection control practices by medical establishments can lead to iatrogenic infection of children. Summaries of 4 cases in refugee children in Australia are a salient reminder of this problem.
Keywords: Humans; Blood-Borne Pathogens; Virus Diseases; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; HIV Infections; War; Child; Child, Preschool; Refugees; Africa; Australia; Female; Male
Rights: All material published in Emerging Infectious Diseases is in the public domain and may be used and reprinted without special permission; proper citation, however, is required.
RMID: 0020133362
DOI: 10.3201/eid1906.120806
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