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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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  5. 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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  6. 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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    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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    Bacillary dysentery is the third leading notifiable disease and remains a major public health concern in China. The Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei urban region is the biggest urban agglomeration in northern China, and ...

    Authors: Chengdong Xu, Yuanyuan Li, Jinfeng Wang and Gexin Xiao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:743

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Globally school-age children, adolescents and young adults bear the highest burden of schistosomiasis. When developing a specific intervention to improve community’s knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAPs),...

    Authors: David Z. Munisi, Joram Buza, Emmanuel A. Mpolya, Teckla Angelo and Safari M. Kinung’hi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:731

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis remains an important disease which mainly affects the majority of vulnerable individuals in society, who are subjected to poor living conditions and difficulties to access the services of public h...

    Authors: Rosiane Davina da Silva, Fernanda Darliane Tavares de Luna, Aguinaldo José de Araújo, Edwirde Luiz Silva Camêlo, Maria Rita Bertolozzi, Paula Hino, Sheylla Nadjane Batista Lacerda, Sayonara Maria Lia Fook and Tânia Maria Ribeiro Monteiro de Figueiredo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:725

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In 2004, routine varicella vaccination was introduced in Germany for children aged 11–14 months. Routine measles vaccination had already been introduced in 1973 for the same age group, but coverage is still to...

    Authors: Christine Hagemann, Andrea Streng, Alexander Kraemer and Johannes G. Liese

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:724

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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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  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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    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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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