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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: Study protocol

    Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STHs) are target neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) of preventive chemotherapy, but the control and elimination of these diseases have been impeded due to re...

    Authors: Seungman Cha, Sung-Tae Hong, Young-Ha Lee, Keon Hoon Lee, Dae Seong Cho, Jinmoo Lee, Jong-Yil Chai, Mousab Siddig Elhag, Soheir Gabralla Ahmad Khaled, Mustafa Khidir Mustafa Elnimeiri, Nahid Abdelgadeir Ali Siddig, Hana Abdelrazig, Sarah Awadelkareem, Azza Tag Eldin Elshafie, Hassan Ahmed Hassan Ahmed Ismail and Mutamad Amin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:703

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Vaccinating healthcare professionals against influenza is considered an effective infection control measure. However, there is a low uptake of influenza vaccine among healthcare professionals around the globe....

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Inayat Ur Rehman, Abudulai Jawo Bah, Michael Lahai, Christine Princess Cole and Tahir Mehmood Khan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:692

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Measles elimination in Europe is an urgent public health goal, yet despite the efforts of its member states, vaccination gaps and outbreaks occur. This study explores local vaccination heterogeneity in kinderg...

    Authors: Linda Eichner, Stephanie Wjst, Stefan O. Brockmann, Kerstin Wolfers and Martin Eichner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:656

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  4. Content type: Research article

    WHO developed a global strategy to eliminate hepatitis B by 2030 and set target to treat 80% of people with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection eligible for antiviral treatment. As a first step to achiev...

    Authors: Soa Fy Andriamandimby, Marie-Marie Olive, Yusuke Shimakawa, Fanjasoa Rakotomanana, Iony Manitra Razanajatovo, Tsarasoa Malala Andrianinarivomanana, Jean-Pierre Ravalohery, Seta Andriamamonjy, Christophe Rogier and Jean-Michel Héraud

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:636

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the main etiological factor for the development of cervical cancer. Here we assessed the prevalence and distribution of HPV genotypes in Fujian population.

    Authors: Conglian Wu, Xianjin Zhu, Yanli Kang, Yinping Cao, Pingxia Lu, Wenjuan Zhou, Hong Zhou, Yang Zhang and Yanfang Song

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:95

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  6. Content type: Research article

    Dengue fever is a severe public heath challenge in south China. A dengue outbreak was reported in Chaozhou city, China in 2015. Intensified interventions were implemented by the government to control the epide...

    Authors: Tao Liu, Guanghu Zhu, Jianfeng He, Tie Song, Meng Zhang, Hualiang Lin, Jianpeng Xiao, Weilin Zeng, Xing Li, Zhihao Li, Runsheng Xie, Haojie Zhong, Xiaocheng Wu, Wenbiao Hu, Yonghui Zhang and Wenjun Ma

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:90

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  7. Content type: Research article

    This study examined the effectiveness of a theoretical framework that integrates self-determination theory (SDT) and the theory of planned behavior (TPB) in explaining the use of facemasks to prevent seasonal ...

    Authors: Pak-Kwong Chung, Chun-Qing Zhang, Jing-Dong Liu, Derwin King-Chung Chan, Gangyan Si and Martin S. Hagger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:65

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  8. Content type: Research article

    Trachoma, caused by ocular infection with Chlamydia trachomatis, is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. We conducted the first population-based trachoma prevalence survey in the Casamance region ...

    Authors: Emma M. Harding-Esch, Julbert Kadimpeul, Boubacar Sarr, Awa Sane, Souleymane Badji, Mass Laye, Ansumana Sillah, Sarah E. Burr, David MacLeod, Anna R. Last, Martin J. Holland, David C. Mabey and Robin L. Bailey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:62

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  9. Content type: Research article

    People who inject drugs (PWID) are at continued risk for HIV in the U.S., and experience disparities across the HIV care continuum compared to other high-risk groups. Estimates of the risk of HIV transmission ...

    Authors: Daniel J. Escudero, Mark N. Lurie, Kenneth H. Mayer, Maximilian King, Sandro Galea, Samuel R. Friedman and Brandon D. L. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:614

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In South Africa malaria is endemic in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the north–eastern areas of KwaZulu-Natal provinces. South Africa has set targets to eliminate malaria by 2018 and research into complementary vecto...

    Authors: Pinky N. Manana, Lazarus Kuonza, Alfred Musekiwa, Hluphi D. Mpangane and Lizette L. Koekemoer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:41

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  11. Content type: Research article

    In May 2015, a cholera outbreak that had lasted 3 months and infected over 100 people was reported in Kasese District, Uganda, where multiple cholera outbreaks had occurred previously. We conducted an investig...

    Authors: Benon Kwesiga, Gerald Pande, Alex Riolexus Ario, Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Joseph K. B. Matovu and Bao-Ping Zhu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:30

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  12. Content type: Research article

    Malaria is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is prevalent in over 75% of the country’s area making it the leading public health problems in the coun...

    Authors: Frew Tadesse, Andrew W. Fogarty and Wakgari Deressa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:25

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  13. Content type: Research article

    The 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak remains unprecedented both in the number of cases, deaths and geographic scope. The first case of EVD was confirmed in Lagos Nigeria on 23 July 2014 and spread to in...

    Authors: Akaninyene Otu, Soter Ameh, Egbe Osifo-Dawodu, Enoma Alade, Susan Ekuri and Jide Idris

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:3

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  14. Content type: Research article

    Influenza-associated deaths is an important risk for the elderly in nursing homes (NHs) worldwide. Vaccination coverage among residents is high but poorly effective due to immunosenescence. Hence, vaccination ...

    Authors: Christelle Elias, Anna Fournier, Anca Vasiliu, Nicolas Beix, Rémi Demillac, Hélène Tillaut, Yvonnick Guillois, Serge Eyebe, Bastien Mollo and Pascal Crépey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:634

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) provide targets for 2015. MDG 6 includes a target to reduce the tuberculosis (TB) death rate by 50% compared with 1990. We aimed to assess whether this target was reached...

    Authors: Marieke J. van der Werf, Sandro Bonfigli and Frantiska Hruba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:629

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence and intensity as well as the factors associated with urogenital schistosomiasis (US) in Barrage, a rural community around the Mape΄ dam, in the West re...

    Authors: Anna Longdoh Njunda, Emmanuel Ngala Ndzi, Jules Clement Nguedia Assob, Henri-Lucien Fawmno Kamga and Emmanuel Tebit Kwenti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:618

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Syndromic surveillance of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) is important to assess seriousness of disease as recommended by WHO for influenza. In 2015 the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) started to collab...

    Authors: S. Buda, K. Tolksdorf, E. Schuler, R. Kuhlen and W. Haas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:612

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Updated population-based data on the frequency and distribution of risk factors for pneumococcal disease is scarce. This study investigated the prevalence of distinct comorbidities and underlying risk conditio...

    Authors: O. Ochoa-Gondar, I. Hospital, A. Vila-Corcoles, M. Aragon, M. Jariod, C. de Diego and E. Satue

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:610

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer is a major public health problem in Malawi. The age-standardized incidence and mortality rates are estimated to be 75.9 and 49.8 per 100,000 population, respectively. The availability of the hu...

    Authors: Kelias Phiri Msyamboza, Beatrice Matanje Mwagomba, Moussa Valle, Hastings Chiumia and Twambilire Phiri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:599

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Intestinal helminth infections are major parasitic diseases causing public health problems in Ethiopia. Although the epidemiology of these infections are well documented in Ethiopia, new transmission foci for ...

    Authors: Bereket Alemayehu, Zewdneh Tomass, Fiseha Wadilo, Dawit Leja, Song Liang and Berhanu Erko

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:587

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The 2012 London declaration which committed to “sustaining, expanding and extending drug access programmes to ensure the necessary supply of drugs and other interventions to help control soil-transmitted helmi...

    Authors: Rosemary M. Musuva, Elizabeth Matey, Janet Masaku, Gladys Odhiambo, Faith Mwende, Isaac Thuita, Jimmy Kihara and Doris Njomo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:575

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  22. Content type: Research article

    China Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the China Infectious Disease Automated Alert and Response System (CIDARS) in 2005. The CIDARS was used to strengthen infectious disease surveill...

    Authors: Ruiping Wang, Yonggen Jiang, Engelgau Michael and Genming Zhao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:570

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In Japan, an estimated 400,000 people have the hepatitis B virus (HBV), many of whom were infected as a result of group vaccinations. People with HBV face many challenges, including disease progression, employ...

    Authors: Taeko Oka, Hiroaki Enoki, Yukari Tokimoto, Teruaki Kawanishi, Meguru Minami, Takahiro Okuizumi and Kiyohiko Katahira

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:568

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Intestinal parasitic infections remain prevalent and constitute a public health problem in certain rural areas of Thailand. Village health volunteers (VHVs), who are members of a Thai healthcare alliance, func...

    Authors: Chuchard Punsawad, Nonthapan Phasuk, Suchirat Bunratsami, Kanjana Thongtup, Niramon Siripakonuaong and Somchok Nongnaul

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:564

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic that hit some countries in West Africa underscores the need to train front line high-risk health workers on disease prevention skills. Although Ghana did not recor...

    Authors: Augustina Angelina Annan, Denis Dekugmen Yar, Michael Owusu, Eno Akua Biney, Paa Kobina Forson, Portia Boakye Okyere, Akosua Adumea Gyimah and Ellis Owusu-Dabo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:546

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  26. Content type: Research article

    International organs such as, the African Union and the South African Government view maternal health as a dominant health prerogative. Even though most countries are making progress, maternal mortality in Sou...

    Authors: B. Tlou, B. Sartorius and F. Tanser

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:543

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  27. Content type: Research article

    We describe the epidemiology of pertussis in Alberta, Canada by person, place, and time between 2004 and 2015, identify outbreak years, and examine vaccination coverage and vaccination timeliness.

    Authors: Xianfang C. Liu, Christopher A. Bell, Kimberley A. Simmonds, Lawrence W. Svenson, Sumana Fathima, Steven J. Drews, Donald P. Schopflocher and Margaret L. Russell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:539

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The incidence of TB in Michigan was 1.5 per 100,000 people in 2012, roughly half the U.S. incidence. Despite successes in TB control, disparities in TB still exist in Michigan, particularly by race, age, and n...

    Authors: Grace A. Noppert, Mark L. Wilson, Philippa Clarke, Wen Ye, Peter Davidson and Zhenhua Yang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:538

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) remains a public health problem, despite recent achievements in reducing incidence and mortality rates. In Brazil, these achievements were above the worldwide average, but marked by large reg...

    Authors: Guy Harling, Antonio S. Lima Neto, Geziel S. Sousa, Marcia M. T. Machado and Marcia C. Castro

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:508

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have highlighted a range of individual determinants associated with HIV testing but few have assessed the role of contextual factors. The objective of this paper is to examine the influence of...

    Authors: Fati Kirakoya-Samadoulougou, Kévin Jean and Mathieu Maheu-Giroux

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:486

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) continues to expand globally. The addition of an efficacious, prophylactic vaccine to combination prevention offers immense hope, particularly in low- and...

    Authors: Monika Doshi, Lisa Avery, Ronnie P. Kaddu, Mary Gichuhi, Gloria Gakii, Elsabé du Plessis, Sumit Dutta, Shamshad Khan, Joshua Kimani and Robert R. Lorway

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:469

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Poultry farmers are at high-risk from avian influenza A/H7N9 infection due to sustained occupational exposures to live poultry. This study examined factors associated with poultry farmers’ adoption of personal...

    Authors: Bin Cui, Qiuyan Liao, Wendy Wing Tak Lam, Zong Ping Liu and Richard Fielding

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:463

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa in December 2013 was the largest Ebola outbreak in history. This study aimed to measure the underlying contextual and psychosocial factors of intent...

    Authors: Anna E. Gamma, Jurgita Slekiene, Gregor von Medeazza, Fredrik Asplund, Placido Cardoso and Hans-Joachim Mosler

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:446

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Risk assessment and early warning (RAEW) are essential components of any infectious disease surveillance system. In light of the International Health Regulations (IHR)(2005), this study compares the organisati...

    Authors: Willemijn L. Vlieg, Ewout B. Fanoy, Liselotte van Asten, Xiaobo Liu, Jun Yang, Eva Pilot, Paul Bijkerk, Wim van der Hoek, Thomas Krafft, Marianne A. van der Sande and Qi-Yong Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:415

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Since March 2014, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa disrupted health care systems - especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – with a consequential stress on the area’s routine immuni...

    Authors: Xiaojin Sun, T. T. Samba, Jianyi Yao, Wenwu Yin, Lin Xiao, Fuqiang Liu, Xiaoqiang Liu, Jikun Zhou, Zengqiang Kou, Hongwei Fan, Hao Zhang, Aqnes Williams, Paul M. Lansana and Zundong Yin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:363

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Helicobacter pylori infection affects more than half of the world’s population. It is generally acquired during childhood with no symptoms but has long- term clinical sequelae. This study estimated the prevale...

    Authors: Yaw Asante Awuku, David Larbi Simpong, Ishmael Kunateh Alhassan, Derek Anamaale Tuoyire, Taiba Afaa and Patrick Adu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:360

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In the winter and spring of 2011 a large outbreak of cryptosporidiosis occurred in Skellefteå municipality, Sweden. This study summarizes the outbreak investigation in terms of outbreak size, duration, clinica...

    Authors: Pär Bjelkmar, Anette Hansen, Caroline Schönning, Jakob Bergström, Margareta Löfdahl, Marianne Lebbad, Anders Wallensten, Görel Allestam, Stephan Stenmark and Johan Lindh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:328

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Over recent decades, the Region of the Americas has made significant progress towards hepatitis B elimination. We summarize the countries/territories’ efforts in introducing and implementing hepatitis B (HB) v...

    Authors: Alba Maria Ropero Álvarez, Silvia Pérez-Vilar, Carmelita Pacis-Tirso, Marcela Contreras, Nathalie El Omeiri, Cuauhtémoc Ruiz-Matus and Martha Velandia-González

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:325

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Due to the arrival of multi-valent HPV vaccines, it is more and more important to have a better understanding of the relationship between vaccination and screening programmes. This review aimed to: (1) collect...

    Authors: Frédéric Gervais, Kyle Dunton, Yiling Jiang and Nathalie Largeron

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:283

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  40. Content type: Research article

    In French Guiana, cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer in females. The objective of the present study was to describe the prevalence of HPV infections in women with normal cervical cytology livin...

    Authors: Antoine Adenis, Valentin Dufit, Maylis Douine, Fatiha Najioullah, Vincent Molinie, Dominique Catherine, Odile Kilié, Nadia Thomas, Jean Luc Deshayes, Paul Brousse, Hatem Ben Amor, Remy Pignoux, Gabriel Carles, Claire Grenier, Vincent Lacoste, Raymond Cesaire…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:279

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Acute gastroenteritis is one of the most common diseases among children and adults, and continues to cause a major problem of public health in Burkina Faso. The temporal pattern of rotavirus, norovirus, sapovi...

    Authors: Nafissatou Ouedraogo, Stephanie Moustapha Tomba Ngangas, Isidore Juste Ouindguèta Bonkoungou, Aissatou Bénéwendé Tiendrebeogo, Kuan Abdoulaye Traore, Idrissa Sanou, Alfred Sababénédjo Traore and Nicolas Barro

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:274

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Estimates of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) burden must be periodically updated to inform public health strategies. We estimated seasonal influenza- and RSV-attributable hospitalizations in th...

    Authors: Gonçalo Matias, Robert Taylor, François Haguinet, Cynthia Schuck-Paim, Roger Lustig and Vivek Shinde

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:271

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Evidence exists pointing out how non-adherence to treatment remains a major hurdle to efficient tuberculosis control in developing countries. Many tuberculosis (Tb) patients do not complete their six-month cou...

    Authors: Tadele Teshome Woimo, Wondwossen Kassahun Yimer, Temesgen Bati and Hailay Abrha Gesesew

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:269

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Malaria is a serious health concern in Africa. In Cameroon, an endemic country where malaria remains a major public health problem, several control measures have been put in place among which the use of insect...

    Authors: Eric B. Fokam, Germaine F. Kindzeka, Leonard Ngimuh, Kevin T. J. Dzi and Samuel Wanji

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:263

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Although fishing communities have a significantly higher HIV prevalence than the general population, there is paucity of data on the burden of HIV and service utilization, particularly among the youth. We asse...

    Authors: Richardson Mafigiri, Joseph K. B. Matovu, Fredrick Edward Makumbi, Anthony Ndyanabo, Doreen Nabukalu, Moses Sakor, Godfrey Kigozi, Fred Nalugoda and Rhoda K. Wanyenze

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:251

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Cambodia is one of the 22 countries with the highest TB burden. While childhood TB is estimated to make up 10–20% of total TB cases in high-burden settings, this proportion ranges from 1.3 to 39.4% throughout ...

    Authors: Julia B. Frieze, Rajendra-Prasad Yadav, Khann Sokhan, Song Ngak and Team Bak Khim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:232

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