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January 1989

Infectious Disease Among Ethiopian Immigrants in Israel

Author Affiliations

From the Infectious Diseases Division, Tel Aviv (Israel) Medical Center (Drs Berger and Michaeli); the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem (Dr Schwartz); and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, University of Tel Aviv, Israel (Drs Berger, Michaeli, and Schwartz).

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(1):117-119. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390010115014

• From 1980 to 1985, 14465 refugees arrived in Israel from Ethiopia. Typhoid fever, tuberculosis, or malaria was present in 1.8% to 9% of immigrants; as many as 93% were infested with intestinal parasites. Extreme malnutrition was common, and serologic evidence of syphilis and hepatitis B was frequently encountered. A program for diagnosis, therapy, and immunoprophylaxis following the massive influx of African refugees is described.

(Arch Intern Med 1989;149:117-119)

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