Despite increasing numbers of African immigrants to the United States, there is a lack of detailed information about their health problems.
Data on communicable diseases were obtained from the charts of all 102 patients who had emigrated from Africa in the last 5 years and were seen at an urban clinic in Minneapolis, Minn, during the last 7 months of 1997.
Eight patients had active tuberculosis, 10 had hepatitis B, 7 trichuriasis, 2 amebiasis, 1 schistosomiasis, 1 ascariasis, 2 human immunodeficiency virus infection, and 1 malaria.
All patients tested had antibodies to hepatitis A, 55% to hepatitis B, and 3% to hepatitis C. Characteristics of these patients are described.
Communicable diseases are common in African immigrants, often despite a healthy appearance and prolonged residence in the United States.
Careful screening is warranted.
Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie contagieuse, Etiologie, Immigrant, Africain, Bactériose, Infection, Virose, Parasitose, Exploration microbiologique, Symptomatologie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme, Négroïde
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Communicable disease, Etiology, Immigrant, African, Bacteriosis, Infection, Viral disease, Parasitosis, Microbiological investigation, Symptomatology, United States, North America, America, Human, Negroid
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0086895
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 31/05/1999.