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Infectious disease epidemiology

Section edited by Giovanni Rezza

This section aims to publish studies on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the use of public health interventions for their control.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Strongyloidiasis is prevalent in northeast Thailand. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of the Health Education and Preventive Equipment Package (HEPEP), a package we developed to improve awareness and ai...

    Authors: Pokkamol Laoraksawong, Oranuch Sanpool, Rutchanee Rodpai, Tongjit Thanchomnang, Wanida Kanarkard, Wanchai Maleewong, Ratthaphol Kraiklang and Pewpan M Intapan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1184

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Social norms and self-efficacy play important roles in promoting consistent condom use among men who have sex with men (MSM). Few studies have investigated the association between social norms, self-efficacy a...

    Authors: Cheng Wang, Joseph D. Tucker, Chuncheng Liu, Heping Zheng, Weiming Tang and Li Ling

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1175

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Geosocial networking smartphone applications (apps) are popular tools for seeking sexual partners among men who have sex with men (MSM). We evaluated app use and risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) ...

    Authors: Haidong Wang, Lu Zhang, Ying Zhou, Keke Wang, Xiaoya Zhang, Jianhui Wu and Guoli Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1178

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  4. Content type: Research article

    This cross-sectional study was retrospectively performed to assess the trend of tuberculosis (TB) among Taiwan’s immigrant workers from highly TB-endemic countries under an intervention of conducting a 4-round...

    Authors: Mei-Mei Kuan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1151

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In South Africa, young women are at disproportionate risk of HIV infection with about 2363 new infections per week in 2015. Proper condom use is one of the most effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies among s...

    Authors: Thobani Ntshiqa, Alfred Musekiwa, Mandla Mlotshwa, Kerry Mangold, Carl Reddy and Seymour Williams

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1137

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Data on the pathogens responsible for nosocomial bloodstream infection (BSI) and their antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Hubei province are limited. This study was conducted to determine the major pathogens ca...

    Authors: Lei Tian, Ziyong Sun and Zhen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1121

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are among the most common type of infections worldwide and are widely distributed in tropical areas. In rural areas of southern Thailand where most land is used for a...

    Authors: Chuchard Punsawad, Nonthapan Phasuk, Suchirat Bunratsami, Kanjana Thongtup, Parnpen Viriyavejakul, Sarawoot Palipoch, Phanit Koomhin and Somchok Nongnaul

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1118

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Multidrug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) represents TB which is simultaneous resistant to at least rifampicin (R) and isoniazid (H). Identifying inadequate therapy as the main cause of this form of the dise...

    Authors: Maja Stosic, Dejana Vukovic, Dragan Babic, Gordana Antonijevic, Kristie L. Foley, Isidora Vujcic and Sandra Sipetic Grujicic

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1114

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Pneumonia is responsible for high morbidity and mortality amongst children under five year of age. India accounts for one-third of the total WHO South East Asia burden of under-five mortality. There is a pauci...

    Authors: Jayashree Gothankar, Prakash Doke, Girish Dhumale, Prasad Pore, Sanjay Lalwani, Sanjay Quraishi, Sujata Murarkar, Reshma Patil, Vivek Waghachavare, Randhir Dhobale, Kirti Rasote, Sonali Palkar and Nandini Malshe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1111

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Despite great progress made in methods to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT), delivery and uptake of these measures remains a challenge in many countries. Although the Brazilian Ministry of Hea...

    Authors: Kathryn Lynn Lovero, Thais Raquelly Dourado de Oliveira, Estela Magalhães Cosme, Natália Beatriz Cabrera, Mariana Fernandes Guimarães, Juliana Gregório de Avelar, Giovanna Rodrigues Teixeira de Oliveira, Camila de Morais Salviato, Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, Maria Leticia Santos Cruz, Esaú Custódio João, Ana Cláudia Mamede Wiering de Barros, Marcos Vinicius da Silva Pone, Ivete Martins Gomes, Lee Woodland Riley and Claudete Aparecida Araújo Cardoso

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1110

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Viral hepatitis, mainly hepatitis B and C, is a serious public health problem worldwide. In China, the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains high, while that of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infect...

    Authors: Shishen Wang, Yuhui Tao, Yuchun Tao, Jing Jiang, Li Yan, Chong Wang, Yaxuan Ding, Jianxing Yu, Dinghui Zhao, Xiumei Chi, Xiaomei Wang, Ruihong Wu, Xiuzhu Gao, Ying Shi, Yazhe Guan, Yingchun Li…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1088

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Intestinal parasitic infections (IPI) lead to significant morbidity and mortality in pediatric and adult populations worldwide. Intestinal parasitism during pregnancy is of interest as it may affect the health...

    Authors: Angela Fernanda Espinosa Aranzales, Katja Radon, Guenter Froeschl, Ángela María Pinzón Rondón and Maria Delius

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1071

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Many infectious diseases of public health importance display annual seasonal patterns in their incidence. We aimed to systematically document the seasonality of several human infectious disease pathogens in En...

    Authors: Mark P. C. Cherrie, Gordon Nichols, Gianni Lo Iacono, Christophe Sarran, Shakoor Hajat and Lora E. Fleming

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1067

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Mandatory notification of invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections was introduced for laboratories in Germany in 2009. The aims were to support local health authorities (LHAs) in the...

    Authors: Viktoria Schönfeld, M. Diercke, A. Gilsdorf, T. Eckmanns and J. Walter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1063

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Listeria monocytogenes as the main causative agent of human listeriosis is an intracellular bacterium that has the capability to infect a wide range of cell types. Human listeriosis is a sporadic foodborne diseas...

    Authors: Reza Ranjbar and Mehrdad Halaji

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1057

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  16. Content type: Review article

    The synanthropic house fly, Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae), is a mechanical vector of pathogens (bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites), some of which cause serious diseases in humans and domestic animals....

    Authors: Faham Khamesipour, Kamran Bagheri Lankarani, Behnam Honarvar and Tebit Emmanuel Kwenti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1049

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginitis among women worldwide and is associated with increased susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. We aimed to determ...

    Authors: Jennifer P. Jain, Claire C. Bristow, Heather A. Pines, Alicia Harvey-Vera, Gudelia Rangel, Hugo Staines, Thomas L. Patterson and Steffanie A. Strathdee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1032

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Yellow fever (YF) is a viral hemorrhagic fever, endemic in the tropical forests of Africa and Central and South America. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes infected with the yellow fever virus (YFV). Eth...

    Authors: Mesfin Mengesha Tsegaye, Berhane Beyene, Workenesh Ayele, Almaz Abebe, Israel Tareke, Amadou Sall, Sergio Yactayo, Messeret E. Shibeshi, Erin Staples, Desalegn Belay, Abrham Lilay, Abebe Alemu, Emana Alemu, Adugna Kume, Alemnesh H/Mariam, Olivier Ronveaux…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1011

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  19. Content type: Research article

    To assess the potential acceptability and inform the development of behaviorally-congruent vaginal douche- or gel-based HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) products, we examined vaginal washing and lubrication...

    Authors: Heather A. Pines, Shirley J. Semple, Steffanie A. Strathdee, Craig W. Hendrix, Alicia Harvey-Vera, Pamina M. Gorbach, Carlos Magis-Rodríguez, Gustavo Martinez and Thomas L. Patterson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1009

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a global public health concern. Due to the presence of multiple risk factors such as poor housing conditions and food insecurity in Canadian Indigenous communities, this popul...

    Authors: Lena Faust, Anne McCarthy and Yoko Schreiber

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:979

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Parasitic worms (helminths) are common infections in low- and middle-income countries. For most helminth species, school-aged children are at highest risk of infection and morbidity, such as impaired cognitive...

    Authors: Marta S. Palmeirim, Mamadou Ouattara, Clémence Essé, Véronique A. Koffi, Rufin K. Assaré, Eveline Hürlimann, Jean T. Coulibaly, Nana R. Diakité, Kouassi Dongo, Bassirou Bonfoh, Jürg Utzinger, Eliézer K. N’Goran and Giovanna Raso

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:951

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Epidemiologic measures of the dengue burden such as prevalence and incidence are important for policy-making and monitoring the progress of disease control. It is a common practice where epidemiologic and econ...

    Authors: Yuan Liang Woon, Chee Peng Hor, Keng Yee Lee, Siti Fatimah Zahra Mohd Anuar, Rose Nani Mudin, Mohd Khadzir Sheikh Ahmad, Suhaya Komari, Faridah Amin, Rahman Jamal, Wei Seng Chen, Pik Pin Goh, Lena Yeap, Zhuo Ren Lim and Teck Onn Lim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:946

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Inadequate immunization coverage remains a public health problem in Africa. In Togo, only 62% of children under one year of age were fully immunized in 2013. This study aimed to estimate the immunization cover...

    Authors: Didier K. Ekouevi, Fifonsi A. Gbeasor-Komlanvi, Issifou Yaya, Wendpouiré I. Zida-Compaore, Amevegbé Boko, Essèboe Sewu, Anani Lacle, Nicolas Ndibu, Yaovi Toke and Dadja E. Landoh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:952

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Two important helminths, Strongyloides stercoralis (an intestinal roundworm) and Opisthorchis viverrini (a liver fluke), are endemic in northeast Thailand. There have been national campaigns in place aimed at the...

    Authors: Pokkamol Laoraksawong, Oranuch Sanpool, Rutchanee Rodpai, Tongjit Thanchomnang, Wanida Kanarkard, Wanchai Maleewong, Ratthaphol Kraiklang and Pewpan M. Intapan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:940

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Males are more susceptible than females to infections due to the differences in endocrine-immune interactions. Furthermore, it is reported that lowering cell cholesterol impairs viral replication and infection...

    Authors: Melaku Adal, Rawleigh Howe, Desta Kassa, Abraham Aseffa and Beyene Petros

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:943

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Delayed treatment of tuberculosis (TB) cases increases the risk of death and rate of infection in the community. Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment is essential for effective TB control. The aim of th...

    Authors: Abdurahaman Seid and Yeshi Metaferia

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:931

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Dengue fever, caused by dengue virus (DENV), has become one of the most important mosquito-borne viral diseases with a steady rise in global incidence, including the Sudan. Sporadic cases and frequent acute fe...

    Authors: Mawahib H. Eldigail, Gamal K. Adam, Rabie A. Babiker, Fatima Khalid, Ibrahim A. Adam, Osama H. Omer, Mohamed E. Ahmed, Sara L. Birair, Eltahir M. Haroun, Hassan AbuAisha, Abdelrahim E. Karrar, Hamid S. Abdalla and Imadeldin E. Aradaib

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:921

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    ROTAVAC, an indigenous rotavirus vaccine, was introduced in the universal immunization program of India in four states in 2016 and expanded to five more states in 2017. The clinical trial on efficacy of ROTAVA...

    Authors: Samarasimha Reddy, Nayana P. Nair, Sidhartha Giri, Venkata Raghava Mohan, Jacqueline E. Tate, Umesh D. Parashar, Mohan D. Gupte, Rashmi Arora and Gagandeep Kang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:898

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    Access to long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) has increased and malaria has decreased globally, but malaria transmission remains high in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and insecticide resistance threatens curr...

    Authors: Eleanore D. Sternberg, Jackie Cook, Ludovic P. Ahoua Alou, Carine J. Aoura, Serge Brice Assi, Dimi Théodore Doudou, A. Alphonsine Koffi, Raphael N’Guessan, Welbeck A. Oumbouke, Rachel A. Smith, Eve Worrall, Immo Kleinschmidt and Matthew B. Thomas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:894

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Opportunistic diseases cause morbidity and mortality among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected persons. There is dearth of evidence on the magnitude and predictors of opportunistic diseases among PLHIV...

    Authors: Teklu Weldegebreal, Ismael Ahmed, Abiyou Muhiye, Shoandagne Belete, Alemayehu Bekele and Mirgissa Kaba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:820

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Influenza remains a significant burden on health systems. Effective responses rely on the timely understanding of the magnitude and the evolution of an outbreak. For monitoring purposes, data on severe cases o...

    Authors: Alice Corbella, Xu-Sheng Zhang, Paul J. Birrell, Nicki Boddington, Richard G. Pebody, Anne M. Presanis and Daniela De Angelis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:790

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the “End TB Strategy”, which aims to reduce tuberculosis (TB) mortality by 95% by 2035, Brazil has made a commitment to this, however, one challenge is achieving th...

    Authors: Marcos Augusto Moraes Arcoverde, Thais Zamboni Berra, Luana Seles Alves, Danielle Talita dos Santos, Aylana de Sousa Belchior, Antônio Carlos Vieira Ramos, Luiz Henrique Arroyo, Ivaneliza Simionato de Assis, Josilene Dália Alves, Ana Angélica Rêgo de Queiroz, Mellina Yamamura, Pedro Fredemir Palha, Francisco Chiaravalloti Neto, Reinaldo Antonio Silva-Sobrinho, Oscar Kenji Nihei and Ricardo Alexandre Arcêncio

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:795

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Meningitis, a disease of the Central Nervous System is described as inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It is characterised by fever, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, stiff ...

    Authors: Timothy Letsa, Charles Lwanga Noora, George Khumalo Kuma, Ernest Asiedu, Gideon Kye-Duodu, Edwin Afari, Osei Afreh Kuffour, Joseph Opare, Kofi Mensah Nyarko, Donne Kofi Ameme, Emmanuel G. Bachan, Kofi Issah, Franklin Aseidu-Bekoe, Moses Aikins and Ernest Kenu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:781

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Globally the access to HIV testing has greatly increased over the past 30 years. Nonetheless, a high proportion of people living with HIV remains undiagnosed, even in resource rich countries. To increase the p...

    Authors: Paola Scognamiglio, Giacomina Chiaradia, Marta Giovanetti, Emidio Albertini, Antonella Camposeragna, Massimo Farinella, Daniela Lorenzetti, Massimo Oldrini, Laura Rancilio, Anna Caraglia, Francesco Paolo Maraglino, Giuseppe Ippolito and Enrico Girardi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:748

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Despite progress towards increasing global vaccination coverage, measles continues to be one of the leading, preventable causes of death among children worldwide. Whether and how to target sub-national areas f...

    Authors: Avery Kundrick, Zhuojie Huang, Spencer Carran, Matthew Kagoli, Rebecca Freeman Grais, Northan Hurtado and Matthew Ferrari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:741

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Dengue is becoming more common in Pakistan with its alarming spreading rate. A historical review needs to be carried out to find the root causes of dengue dynamics, the factors responsible for its spread and l...

    Authors: Jehangir Khan, Inamullah Khan, Abdul Ghaffar and Bushra Khalid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:745

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most common infectious diseases worldwide. Insufficient TB knowledge may increase the risk of contracting the disease among medical students. The purpose of this study was to as...

    Authors: Yangjiang Ou, Zhenzhou Luo, Jinsong Mou, Hui Ming, Xiang Wang, Shipeng Yan and Aichun Tan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:730

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya are vector borne diseases with shared endemic profiles and symptoms. Coinfections with any of these diseases could have fatal outcomes if left undiagnosed. Understanding the pre...

    Authors: Nasir Salam, Shoeb Mustafa, Abdul Hafiz, Anis Ahmad Chaudhary, Farah Deeba and Shama Parveen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:710

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Malaria in pregnancy is prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. The first trimester of pregnancy is a critical period and the best preventive measure is Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN). Unfortunately, few studi...

    Authors: Cornélia Hounkonnou, Armel Djènontin, Seun Egbinola, Parfait Houngbegnon, Aziz Bouraima, Christophe Soares, Nadine Fievet, Manfred Accrombessi, Emmanuel Yovo, Valérie Briand and Gilles Cottrell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:683

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programs usually test pregnant women for HIV without involving their partners. Non-disclosure of maternal HIV status to male partners may deter utilizatio...

    Authors: John Kinuthia, Benson Singa, Christine J. McGrath, Beryne Odeny, Agnes Langat, Abraham Katana, Lucy Ng’ang’a, Jillian Pintye and Grace John-Stewart

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:671

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Viral Hepatitis is one of the major global health problems, affecting millions of people every year. Limited information is available on the impact of social and economic factors on the prevalence of Hepatitis...

    Authors: Selma Tosun, Olgu Aygün, Hülya Özkan Özdemir, Elif Korkmaz and Durmuş Özdemir

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:649

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Provision of constant and safe blood has been a public health challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa with high prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs). This study was aimed at determining the trend ...

    Authors: Henshaw Uchechi Okoroiwu, Ifeyinwa Maryann Okafor, Enosakhare Aiyudubie Asemota and Dorathy Chioma Okpokam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:645

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Basic needs (e.g., food security and stable housing) are important determinants of health and well-being, yet their impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in the context of HIV and aging has not been...

    Authors: Phan Sok, Sandra Gardner, Tsegaye Bekele, Jason Globerman, Mary V. Seeman, Saara Greene, Michael Sobota, Jay J. Koornstra, LaVerne Monette, Keith Hambly, Stephen W. Hwang, James Watson, Glen Walker and Sean B. Rourke

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:644

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) in foreign-born residents is increasing in many European countries including Finland. We conducted enhanced TB surveillance to collect supplementary information on TB cases among recent immig...

    Authors: Pirre E. Räisänen, Hanna Soini, Pirjo Turtiainen, Tuula Vasankari, Petri Ruutu, J. Pekka Nuorti and Outi Lyytikäinen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:610

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Although Taiwan has implemented several important interventions for various HIV-at-risk populations to combat the HIV epidemic, little is known regarding AIDS incidence at presentation and during follow-up amo...

    Authors: Chun-Yuan Lee, I-An Jen, Yu-Ching Lan, Yung-Feng Yen, Pei-Hung Chuang, Marcelo Chen, Yun Lee and Yi-Ming A. Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:589

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Salmonella Typhi is responsible for about 20 million episodes of illness and over 140,000 deaths annually globally. South Asia has the highest documented burden of typhoid and is home to the multi-drug resista...

    Authors: Jacob John, Ashish Bavdekar, Temsunaro Rongsen-Chandola, Shanta Dutta and Gagandeep Kang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:594

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Since Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) infection was first reported in 2012, many studies have analysed its transmissibility and severity. However, the methodology and results of these studies have vari...

    Authors: Ji-Eun Park, Soyoung Jung, Aeran Kim and Ji-Eun Park

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:574

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