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Leprosy. Our Southeast Asian refugee experience.

Abstract

In the past two years, we have diagnosed four cases of leprosy at the St Paul-Ramsey Hospital Dermatology Clinic. This is a markedly increased incidence for the state of Minnesota. All of these cases have been found among recently arrived Southeast Asian refugees not noted to have their disease by previous screening examinations. The purpose of this study is to report these four cases (two tuberculoid, one lepromatous, and one borderline leprosy) and to review the Southeast Asian Refugee Resettlement Program, focusing on medical screening programs. We recommend refugee health education, health personnel training, and refugee medical screening centers as ways to detect leprosy among refugees entering the United States.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Younger B
Michaud R M
Fischer M
Year of Publication
1982
Journal
Archives of dermatology
Volume
118
Issue
12
Number of Pages
981-4
Date Published
1982 Dec
Language
eng
ISSN Number
0003-987X
DOI
10.1001/archderm.118.12.981
Alternate Journal
Arch Dermatol
Publication Language
eng