The hidden epidemic of schistosomiasis in recent African immigrants and asylum seekers to Italy.

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TitleThe hidden epidemic of schistosomiasis in recent African immigrants and asylum seekers to Italy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsBeltrame A, Buonfrate D, Gobbi F, Angheben A, Marchese V, Monteiro GB, Bisoffi Z
Abbrev. JournalEur. J. Epidemiol.
JournalEuropean journal of epidemiology
Year of Publication2017
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, Europe, Immigrants, Infectious diseases screening, NTDs, Refugees, Schistosomiasis
Abstract

The prevalence of schistosomiasis among recent refugees from sub-Saharan Africa in Italy is unknown. This is a retrospective review of African immigrants screened at Centre for Tropical Diseases of Negrar from March 2014 to February 2016. Of the 373 immigrants tested, 34% were positive at least at one schistosomiasis test. The proportion of positive ELISA serology was 103/373 (27.6%). At microscopy, infected subjects were 65/373 (17.4%), (51% Schistosoma haematobium, 38% Schistosoma mansoni, 11% both). CCA antigen for S. mansoni was positive in 47/373 individuals (12.6%). We found a particularly high positivity rate in subjects from Mali (72.1%) and Ivory Coast (48%). This "hidden epidemic" of schistosomiasis cannot be longer neglected, considering the risk of severe complications, and the effective and inexpensive treatment available.

PubMed URL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28560535?dopt=Abstract

DOI10.1007/s10654-017-0259-6