RICHARD A. GOODMAN, M.D.; TIMOTHY J. DONDERO JR., M.D.; MYRON G. SCHULTZ, D.V.M., M.D.; JOSEPH F. GIORDANO; DONALD R. HOPKINS, M.D.
To the editor: Certain issues raised in the Bay Area Medical Volunteers' letter on the health of Indochinese refugees (1) should be clarified. One of their major concerns is the prevalence of certain conditions among the refugees: acute illnesses, particularly fever and pneumonia; hepatitis B-antigenemia; malaria; and tuberculosis [discussed in the letter below]. They suggest that the prevalences of these problems call for a program for the systematic screening of refugees at the U.S. ports of entry.
Pertinent to the question of the prevalence of acute illnesses among the refugees are data collected by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
GOODMAN RA, DONDERO TJ, SCHULTZ MG, GIORDANO JF, HOPKINS DR. Indochinese Refugees and Infectious Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;93:375. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-2-375_1
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