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  • Outcome of medical screening of Kosovan refugees in Ireland: 1999

    Published in:

    Commun Dis Public Health, Vol: 3, Page: 291-4

    Publication Date:

    December 2000

    Aims & Objectives:

    This aim of this study was to review the health care offered to the Kosovan refugees who arrived in Ireland in 1999, which included screening for tuberculosis and hepatitis B

    Abstract:

    In March 1999 armed conflict broke out in Kosova and about 900,000 ethnic Albanians were displaced. We reviewed the health care offered to the 945 Kosovan refugees who arrived in Ireland in 1999, which included screening for tuberculosis (TB) and hepatitis B. On arrival in Ireland 540 refugees had already received oral polio vaccine (57%), 512 diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis or diphtheria and tetanus vaccine (54%), 310 BCG (33%), 207 measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (22%) and 60 Haemophilus influenzae type b (6%). Twelve refugees were diagnosed with TB. Twenty-six refugees were HBsAg positive (3%) and 168 were anti-HBcAg positive (18%). Organised screening of Kosovan refugees on a voluntary basis (uptake > 95%) revealed low percentages who had been immunised and relatively high rates of TB and hepatitis B. The provision of optimum immunisation, screening, and treatment services to address these issues requires substantial staffing and financial resources.

    Authors:

    A. Smith; D. O'Flanagan; D. Igoe; J. Cronin; D. Forde; E. McArdle; D. Ko

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Screening Study » Descriptive Studies - Studies with a health technology dimension

    Categories:

    tuberculosis; hepatitis B

    International Classification:

    Certain infectious and parasitic diseases - Tuberculosis and Viral hepatitis - tuberculosis and hepatitis B

    Keywords:


    Geography:

    Republic of Ireland (Ireland)