Post-arrival health screening in Karen refugees in Australia.
Georgia A Paxton, Katrina J Sangster, Ellen L Maxwell, Catherine RJ McBride, Ross H Drewe
PLoS One | Public Library of Science (PLoS) | Published : 2012
OBJECTIVE: To document the prevalence of nutritional deficiencies, infectious diseases and susceptibility to vaccine preventable diseases in Karen refugees in Australia. DESIGN: Retrospective audit of pathology results. SETTING: Community based cohort in Melbourne over the period July 2006-October 2009. PARTICIPANTS: 1136 Karen refugee children and adults, representing almost complete local area settlement and 48% of total Victorian Karen humanitarian intake for the time period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Prevalence of positive test results for refugee health screening, with breakdown by age group (<6 years, 6-11 years, 12-17 years, 18 years and older). RESULTS: Overall prevalence figures were: ..View full abstract