Fawziah Marra

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BACKGROUND Concerns have been raised that parents may be reluctant to have their daughters receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, because of a belief that doing so might be interpreted as condoning earlier and more frequent sexual activity. We determined intentions regarding vaccination among Canadian parents and factors that predicted parental(More)
BACKGROUND In 2000, Ontario, Canada, initiated a universal influenza immunization program (UIIP) to provide free influenza vaccines for the entire population aged 6 mo or older. Influenza immunization increased more rapidly in younger age groups in Ontario compared to other Canadian provinces, which all maintained targeted immunization programs. We(More)
BACKGROUND Genital warts (condyloma acuminatum) remain one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infections (STI) worldwide. Most genital warts are caused by non-oncogenic human papilloma virus. Recurrence is common and many patients receive several rounds of treatment. There are limited data in the literature on the burden of illness and costs(More)
BACKGROUND Information on factors that influence parental decisions for actual human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine receipt in publicly funded, school-based HPV vaccine programs for girls is limited. We report on the level of uptake of the first dose of the HPV vaccine, and determine parental factors associated with receipt of the HPV vaccine, in a publicly(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) remains a public health threat with significant annual impacts on morbidity and mortality. However, few studies have examined the impact of active and latent TB infection (LTBI) on health-related quality of life (HRQL). METHODS Patients with recently diagnosed active TB or LTBI patients were administered the Short Form-36(More)
INTRODUCTION Tuberculosis remains a major public health problem worldwide. In recent years, increasing efforts have been dedicated to assessing the health-related quality of life experienced by people infected with tuberculosis. The objectives of this study were to better understand the impact of tuberculosis and its treatment on people's quality of life,(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health threat worldwide. Numerous cost-effectiveness analyses of TB screening and treatment strategies have been recently published, but none have utilized quality-adjusted life-years as recommended because of the lack of utilities for TB health states. OBJECTIVE To characterize and compare utility(More)
AIMS TB is a serious global public health problem. Isoniazid, a key drug used to treat latent TB, can cause hepatotoxicity in some patients. This pilot study investigated the effects of genetic variation in NAT2 and CYP2E1 on isoniazid-induced hepatotoxicity in TB contacts in British Columbia, Canada. MATERIALS & METHODS DNA re-sequencing was used to(More)
BACKGROUND In 2004 an outbreak of avian influenza of the H7N3 subtype occurred among poultry in British Columbia, Canada. We report compliance with recommended protective measures and associated human infections during this outbreak. METHODS We sought voluntary participation by anyone (cullers, farmers and their families) involved in efforts to control(More)