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Characteristics and spectrum of disease among ill returned travelers from pre- and post-earthquake Haiti: The GeoSentinel experience.
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Jan; 86(1):23-8.AJ

Abstract

To describe patient characteristics and disease spectrum among foreign visitors to Haiti before and after the 2010 earthquake, we used GeoSentinel Global Surveillance Network data and compared 1 year post-earthquake versus 3 years pre-earthquake. Post-earthquake travelers were younger, predominantly from the United States, more frequently international assistance workers, and more often medically counseled before their trip than pre-earthquake travelers. Work-related stress and upper respiratory tract infections were more frequent post-earthquake; acute diarrhea, dengue, and Plasmodium falciparum malaria were important contributors of morbidity both pre- and post-earthquake. These data highlight the importance of providing destination- and disaster-specific pre-travel counseling and post-travel evaluation and medical management to persons traveling to or returning from a disaster location, and evaluations should include attention to the psychological wellbeing of these travelers. For travel to Haiti, focus should be on mosquito-borne illnesses (dengue and P. falciparum malaria) and travelers' diarrhea.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. desposito@cdc.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22232445

Citation

Esposito, Douglas H., et al. "Characteristics and Spectrum of Disease Among Ill Returned Travelers From Pre- and Post-earthquake Haiti: the GeoSentinel Experience." The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 86, no. 1, 2012, pp. 23-8.
Esposito DH, Han PV, Kozarsky PE, et al. Characteristics and spectrum of disease among ill returned travelers from pre- and post-earthquake Haiti: The GeoSentinel experience. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012;86(1):23-8.
Esposito, D. H., Han, P. V., Kozarsky, P. E., Walker, P. F., Gkrania-Klotsas, E., Barnett, E. D., Libman, M., McCarthy, A. E., Field, V., Connor, B. A., Schwartz, E., MacDonald, S., & Sotir, M. J. (2012). Characteristics and spectrum of disease among ill returned travelers from pre- and post-earthquake Haiti: The GeoSentinel experience. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 86(1), 23-8. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0430
Esposito DH, et al. Characteristics and Spectrum of Disease Among Ill Returned Travelers From Pre- and Post-earthquake Haiti: the GeoSentinel Experience. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012;86(1):23-8. PubMed PMID: 22232445.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Characteristics and spectrum of disease among ill returned travelers from pre- and post-earthquake Haiti: The GeoSentinel experience. AU - Esposito,Douglas H, AU - Han,Pauline V, AU - Kozarsky,Phyllis E, AU - Walker,Patricia F, AU - Gkrania-Klotsas,Effrossyni, AU - Barnett,Elizabeth D, AU - Libman,Michael, AU - McCarthy,Anne E, AU - Field,Vanessa, AU - Connor,Bradley A, AU - Schwartz,Eli, AU - MacDonald,Susan, AU - Sotir,Mark J, AU - ,, PY - 2012/1/11/entrez PY - 2012/1/11/pubmed PY - 2012/3/10/medline SP - 23 EP - 8 JF - The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene JO - Am J Trop Med Hyg VL - 86 IS - 1 N2 - To describe patient characteristics and disease spectrum among foreign visitors to Haiti before and after the 2010 earthquake, we used GeoSentinel Global Surveillance Network data and compared 1 year post-earthquake versus 3 years pre-earthquake. Post-earthquake travelers were younger, predominantly from the United States, more frequently international assistance workers, and more often medically counseled before their trip than pre-earthquake travelers. Work-related stress and upper respiratory tract infections were more frequent post-earthquake; acute diarrhea, dengue, and Plasmodium falciparum malaria were important contributors of morbidity both pre- and post-earthquake. These data highlight the importance of providing destination- and disaster-specific pre-travel counseling and post-travel evaluation and medical management to persons traveling to or returning from a disaster location, and evaluations should include attention to the psychological wellbeing of these travelers. For travel to Haiti, focus should be on mosquito-borne illnesses (dengue and P. falciparum malaria) and travelers' diarrhea. SN - 1476-1645 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22232445/Characteristics_and_spectrum_of_disease_among_ill_returned_travelers_from_pre__and_post_earthquake_Haiti:_The_GeoSentinel_experience_ L2 - https://ajtmh.org/doi/10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0430 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -