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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

    Post-infectious fatigue syndrome (PIFS), also known as post-viral fatigue syndrome, is a complex condition resulting in physical, cognitive, emotional, neurological, vocational and/or role performance disabili...

    Authors: Eva Stormorken, Leonard A. Jason and Marit Kirkevold

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:952

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    China faces many challenges in controlling tuberculosis (TB). One significant challenge is the control of college students’ TB. In particular, cross-sectional studies of college students’ knowledge, attitudes ...

    Authors: Hualin Jiang, Shaoru Zhang, Yi Ding, Yuelu Li, Tianhua Zhang, Weiping Liu, Yahui Fan, Yan Li, Rongqiang Zhang and Xuexue Ma

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:949

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  3. Content type: Debate

    Zika infection during pregnancy (ZIKVP) is known to be associated with adverse outcomes. Studies on this matter involve both rare outcomes and rare exposures and methodological choices are not straightforward....

    Authors: Elisabeth Carmen Duarte, Leila Posenato Garcia, Wildo Navegantes de Araújo and Maria P. Velez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:924

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Implementing rigorous epidemiologic studies in low-resource settings involves challenges in participant recruitment and follow-up (e.g., mobile populations, distrust), biological sample collection (e.g., cold-...

    Authors: Anna M. Aceituno, Kaitlyn K. Stanhope, Paulina A. Rebolledo, Rachel M. Burke, Rita Revollo, Volga Iñiguez, Parminder S. Suchdev and Juan S. Leon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:911

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Couples HIV counseling and testing is essential for combination HIV prevention, but its uptake remains very low. We aimed to evaluate factors associated with couples HIV counseling uptake in India, Georgia and...

    Authors: Thierry Tiendrebeogo, Melanie Plazy, Shrinivas Darak, Marija Miric, Eddy Perez-Then, Maia Butsashvili, Patrice Tchendjou, François Dabis and Joanna Orne-Gliemann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:901

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Patients with TB have diverse and often challenging clinical and social needs that may hamper successful treatment outcomes. Understanding the need for additional support during treatment (enhanced case manage...

    Authors: Angela Tucker, Jeniffer Mithoo, Paul Cleary, Mark Woodhead, Peter MacPherson, Tom Wingfield, Stefanie Davies, Carolyn Wake, Paddy McMaster and S. Bertel Squire

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:881

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  7. Content type: Research article

    On 5 March 2015, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control was notified of more than 200 students with gastroenteritis at a senior high school during excursion to Kenting. We conducted an outbreak investigation to id...

    Authors: Hao-Yuan Cheng, Min-Nan Hung, Wan-Chin Chen, Yi-Chun Lo, Ying-Shih Su, Hsin-Yi Wei, Meng-Yu Chen, Yen-Chang Tuan, Hui-Chen Lin, Hsu-Yang Lin, Tsung-Yen Liu, Yu-Ying Wang and Fang-Tzy Wu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:870

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  8. Content type: Research article

    G. intestinalis and Cryptosporidium spp. are responsible for gastrointestinal infections worldwide. Contaminated food, feces, drinking water and predictors such as poverty, cultural an...

    Authors: Luis Quihui-Cota, Gloria Guadalupe Morales-Figueroa, Aarón Javalera-Duarte, José Antonio Ponce-Martínez, Edith Valbuena-Gregorio and Marco Antonio López-Mata

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:852

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In Germany, medical care of prisoners is completely separated from extramural health care. The extent and quality of medical care among prisoners in Germany are therefore largely unknown. We performed a second...

    Authors: Jana Müller, Daniel Schmidt, Christian Kollan, Marc Lehmann, Viviane Bremer and Ruth Zimmermann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:843

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Schistosomiasis mansoni constitutes a significant public health problem in Rwanda. The nationwide prevalence mapping conducted in 2007–2008 revealed that prevalence per district ranges from 0 to 69.5% among sc...

    Authors: E. Nyandwi, A. Veldkamp, S. Amer, C. Karema and I. Umulisa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:845

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Various epidemiological studies indicate that the prevalence of intestinal parasites is high in developing countries and those parasites are major public health importance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their distribu...

    Authors: Dejen Gezehegn, Mebrahtu Abay, Desalegn Tetemke, Hiwet Zelalem, Hafte Teklay, Zeray Baraki and Girmay Medhin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:819

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Drug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (DR-TB) is a significant public health issue that considerably deters the ongoing TB control efforts in India. The purpose of this review was to investigate the prevalence...

    Authors: Vishal Goyal, Vijay Kadam, Prashant Narang and Vikram Singh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:817

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The 2010 Global Burden of Disease estimates show that 57% of all TB deaths globally occurred among adults older than 50 years of age. Few studies document the TB burden among older adults in Southern Africa. W...

    Authors: Jenna Coffman, Pascalina Chanda-Kapata, Ben J. Marais, Nathan Kapata, Alimuddin Zumla and Joel Negin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:804

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Cholera remains an important public health challenge globally. Several pandemics have occurred in different parts of the world and have been epidemiologically linked by different researchers to illustrate how ...

    Authors: Kennedy Ohene-Adjei, Ernest Kenu, Delia Akosua Bandoh, Prince Nii Ossah Addo, Charles Lwanga Noora, Priscillia Nortey and Edwin Andrew Afari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:801

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Health education is important to empower patients and encourage their contribution towards tuberculosis (TB) control. In South Africa, health education activities are integrated into services provided at the p...

    Authors: N. Gladys Kigozi, J. Christo Heunis, Michelle C. Engelbrecht, André P. Janse van Rensburg and H. C. J. Dingie van Rensburg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:795

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are widespread in underdeveloped countries. In Ethiopia, the prevalence and distribution of helminth infection varies by different exposing risk factors. We therefore investig...

    Authors: Fikreslasie Samuel, Asalif Demsew, Yonas Alem and Yonas Hailesilassie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:791

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage rates remain low. This is believed to reflect parental hesitancy, but few studies have examined how changes in parents’ attitudes impact HPV vaccine uptake. This stu...

    Authors: Jeffrey J. VanWormer, Casper G. Bendixsen, Elizabeth R. Vickers, Shannon Stokley, Michael M. McNeil, Julianne Gee, Edward A. Belongia and Huong Q. McLean

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:766

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  18. Content type: Research article

    A methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program to curb the dual epidemics of HIV/AIDS and drug use has been administered by China since 2004. Little is known regarding the geographic heterogeneity of HIV and ...

    Authors: Mingli Li, Rongjian Li, Zhiyong Shen, Chunying Li, Nengxiu Liang, Zhenren Peng, Wenbo Huang, Chongwei He, Feng Zhong, Xianyan Tang and Guanghua Lan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:759

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Global migration from hepatitis B endemic countries poses a significant public health challenge in receiving low-prevalence countries. In the UK, Chinese migrants are a high risk group for hepatitis B. However...

    Authors: Andrew Chee Keng Lee, Alicia Vedio, Eva Zhi Hong Liu, Jason Horsley, Amrita Jesurasa and Sarah Salway

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:747

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