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OBJECTIVE To discover the prevalence of 4 preventable and treatable diseases among newly arriving refugees. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING An immigrant-friendly family medicine centre in Ottawa, Ont, that offers newly arriving refugees a clinical preventive program following a specially designed protocol. PARTICIPANTS A total of 112 adult(More)
Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is an infection of the central nervous system caused by the larval form of the tapeworm Taenia solium. Infections occur following the accidental ingestion of tapeworm ova found in human feces. NCC is a major cause of epilepsy and disability in many of the world's poorer countries where families raise free-roaming pigs that are able(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) is the most common opportunistic infection in HIV-infected adults in developing countries. Isoniazid (INH) is recommended for treatment of latent TB infection, however non-adherence is common. The purpose of this study was to apply in-house prepared isoniazid (INH) urine test strips in a clinical setting, and identify predictors(More)
Length of travel appears to be associated with health risks. GeoSentinel Surveillance Network data for 4,039 long-term travelers (trip duration >6 months) seen after travel during June 1, 1996, through December 31, 2008, were compared with data for 24,807 short-term travelers (trip duration <1 month). Long-term travelers traveled more often than short-term(More)
BACKGROUND Salmonella spp. with reduced susceptibility to fluoroquinolones have higher than usual MICs to these agents but are still considered "susceptible" by NCCLS criteria. Delayed treatment response to fluoroquinolones has been noted, especially in cases of enteric fever due to such strains. We reviewed the ciprofloxacin susceptibility and clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Important knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of migration medicine practice and the impact of pathogens imported by Canadian travellers. We present here a comprehensive, Canada-specific surveillance summary of illness in a cohort of returned Canadian travellers and new immigrants. METHODS We extracted and analyzed (using standard(More)
BACKGROUND The collection of individual-level pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza immunization data was considered important to facilitate optimal vaccine delivery and accurate assessment of vaccine coverage. These data are also critical for research aimed at evaluating the new vaccine's safety and effectiveness. Systems used to collect immunization data include(More)
BACKGROUND Physicians need global health competencies to provide effective care to culturally and linguistically diverse patients. Medical schools are seeking innovative approaches to support global health learning. This pilot study evaluated e-learning versus peer-reviewed articles to improve conceptual knowledge of global health. METHODS A mixed methods(More)
BACKGROUND Growing numbers of medical trainees now participate in global health experiences (GHEs) during their training. To enhance these experiences we sought to explore expectations inherent in the relationships between GHE stakeholder groups. METHODS 20 open-ended, semi-structured interviews probed participant perceptions and assumptions embedded in(More)
The article " Molecular diagnosis of leishmaniasis at the sub-genus and species level " published online 5 November 2013 in Parasitology Research, DOI 10.1007/s00436-013-3663-1, has been retracted by the publisher and the journal Editors Heinz Mehlhorn and Bill Chobotar. The retraction has been agreed to due to the fact that although all the data reported(More)