Health Advisory
Haiti Earthquake Health Concerns

Medical Screening of Haitian Orphans
Guidance for Relief Workers and Travelers to Haiti

To: Health Care Providers
From: Wendy Davis, MD, Commissioner
Date: February 2, 2010

Background:

The January 12, 2010 earthquake created enormous devastation in the heavily populated city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and outlying areas. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all non-essential travel to Haiti. However, there are relief workers and others traveling to Haiti to assist in earthquake response. The U.S. government has also announced a humanitarian parole policy that allows orphaned children from Haiti to enter the U.S.

CDC has issued guidance for these travelers, and has issued interim recommendations for initial domestic medical screening of Haitian orphan adoptees entering the U.S. under the parole policy.

Even before the earthquake, Haiti had a high prevalence of bacterial and protozoal diarrheal, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, dengue fever, malaria, leptospriosis, tuberculosis, and HIV infection.

While the number of individuals arriving in Vermont from Haiti at this time may be small, we want to direct your attention to this guidance.

The CDC Health Alert Notices, in English, French and Haitian Creole can be found at:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/haiti-earthquake-travel.aspx

This site includes: 

Contact the Vermont Department of Health’s Refugee Health Program at 1-800-640-4374 or 863-7240 to get a copy of the Interim Recommendations for Initial Domestic Medical Screening of Haitian Orphan Parolees.

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