Pediatric travelers presenting to an Australian emergency department (2014–2015): A retrospective, cross-sectional analysis


Connie H. Chong, Mary E. McCaskill, Philip N. Britton.


Epidemiological data on pediatric travelers are lacking, especially from Oceania. We aimed to evaluate travelers presenting to a pediatric emergency department in Sydney during a time of heightened travel surveillance.
104 children were identified. 82 children were Australian-resident travelers returning from abroad, 11 were visitors to Australia, 8 were recent migrants/refugees and 3 were medical transfers. Travel and behavioral patterns were characterized by exposures to low-income countries in the Asia-Pacific, visiting families and relatives, prolonged exposure periods and limited uptake of prophylaxis. Common syndromes were respiratory (38.5%), systemic febrile illness (19.2%), acute diarrhea (17.3%) and dermatological conditions (9.6%). A minority were diagnosed with tropical infections: four typhoid or paratyphoid fever, two dengue and one tropical ulcer.


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