Emerging clinical issues in refugees

William M. Stauffer, Michelle Weinberg

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Purpose of review: The world-s population is becoming increasing mobile. Each mobile population (e.g. immigrants, refugees, travelers) has certain characteristics that determine public health risk and infectious disease burden. Refugees present unique challenges to public health officials and infectious disease specialists. Recent findings: Refugee migration to the United States represents the most controlled population movement between countries from a health perspective. Medical screening and programs that provide presumptive treatment for highly prevalent infectious diseases both prior to and after migration alter the infectious disease epidemiology in these populations. Summary: Infectious disease specialists must recognize that different characteristics of distinct mobile populations will alter infectious disease burden. This article specifically highlights how recent public health approaches have altered the epidemiology and clinical presentation of malaria, intestinal parasites and tuberculosis in refugee populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-442
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Infection
  • Intestinal parasite
  • Malaria
  • Mobile population
  • Refugees


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