Brian Blackburn

Community and International Work Details

  • Project Title:  Schistosomiasis, strongyloidiasis: presumptive treatment among Sudanese Lost Boys and Somali Bantus
  • Topic/emphasis:  Treatment of parasitic diseases in US refugees and immigrants
  • Partnering Organization(s):  CDC, AZ Dept of Health Services, Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health
  • Populations Served:  US refugees and immigrants
  • Location:  International
  • Specific Location:  Sudan, Kenya, Phoenix
  • This an ongoing project:  No
  • There are opportunities for student involvement in work:  No
  • Description:  Schistosomiasis and strongyloidiasis cause substantial morbidity and mortality among the millions of infected persons worldwide. In the U.S., these diseases are found most frequently among the 28,000 refugees and hundreds of thousands of other immigrants resettled annually. Prevalence in such groups is unknown because of infrequent testing and use of insensitive stool and urine examinations. Using sensitive serologic tests, we assessed infection rates among some of the 3,800 resettled Lost Boys of Sudan (LBOS) during an evaluation of abdominal pain at a national reunion and subsequently among a group of Somali Bantu refugees.

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