Epidemiological multicentric Italian society of infectious and tropical diseases study on prevalence of tropical diseases in hospitalized immigrants in Italy during 2002

Gaetano Scotto, Annalisa Saracino, Emilio Palumbo, Gioacchino Angarano, T. Quirino, M. Calducci, G. Cadeo, I. El-Hamad, N. Vitucci, M. P. Allegri, B. Piretti, A. Paffetti, R. Losappio, C. Sfara, G. Scotto, G. Salome, P. Maggi, S. Miccolis, A. Brogi, L. LancellaA. Gabbati, M. Villa, A. Salatino, D. Drenaggi, M. Ciardi, M. Limodio, S. Delia, E. Caltabiano, G. Cosentino, M. Raspaglieli, R. Mariani, S. Sabbatani, A. Casabianca, D. Galloni, M. Pantaleoni, F. Purificato, V. Portelli, R. Chasseur, B. Benenat, P. Sabatini, G. Bellardini, A. Valencic, P. Milini, F. Sebbia, E. Pizzigallo, P. Scerbo, A. Consorte, M. Gioia, G. Coviello, A. Azzimi, M. Allegra, G. Losurdo, P. Cristalli

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AIM: To investigate the prevalence of tropical infections in immigrated patients hospitalized in 48 Italian operative units of infectious diseases during 2002. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Each participating center was requested to fill a questionnaire regarding the type of discharge diagnosis, the country of origin, and demographic features (age, sex, resident status, and inscription in the National Health Service) of each hospitalized immigrant. Data were received from 48 Italian infectious disease clinics, with a total of 2255 immigrants hospitalized during 2002. Among this population, we have evaluated the prevalence of patients affected by imported tropical diseases. RESULTS: Imported tropical diseases were found in 120 patients, representing 6% of the total of immigrated hospitalized patients. The prevalent disease was malaria (95 cases, 79.2%), followed by schistosomiasis (15 cases, 12.5%), amebiasis (8 cases, 6.6%), and dengue (2 cases, 1.6%). The patients affected by malaria (90 cases of infection by Plasmodium falciparum, 4 by Plasmodium vivax, and one by Plasmodium malaria) come principally from Africa (90%). CONCLUSIONS: The range of health problems in immigrants often became broad after their arrival in Italy and included infectious diseases, such as human immunodeficiency virus infection, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis, which reflect their poor conditions in life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-108
Number of pages4
JournalInfectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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  • Microbiology (medical)

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    Scotto, G., Saracino, A., Palumbo, E., Angarano, G., Quirino, T., Calducci, M., Cadeo, G., El-Hamad, I., Vitucci, N., Allegri, M. P., Piretti, B., Paffetti, A., Losappio, R., Sfara, C., Scotto, G., Salome, G., Maggi, P., Miccolis, S., Brogi, A., ... Cristalli, P. (2008). Epidemiological multicentric Italian society of infectious and tropical diseases study on prevalence of tropical diseases in hospitalized immigrants in Italy during 2002. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, 16(2), 105-108. https://doi.org/10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181655db0