Journal article

The epidemiology of Helicobacter pylori infection in African refugee children resettled in Australia

Sarah Cherian, David Forbes, Frank Sanfilippo, Angus Cook, David Burgner

The Medical Journal of Australia | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and associated epidemiological features of Helicobacter pylori infection in child refugees in Western Australia. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: Cross-sectional study of 193 eligible African refugee children (aged < 16 years) at their initial health assessment after resettlement in Australia between 1 February and 30 November 2006. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: (i) Prevalence of H. pylori infection determined by monoclonal faecal antigen enzyme immunoassay testing (MFAT); (ii) associations of H. pylori infection with epidemiological factors (age, sex, transit through refugee camps, comorbidities and treatment interventions). RESULTS: MFAT was performed in 182 of the ..

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