Allen County Child Immunization Clinic to Cut Hours Due to Burmese Refugees

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2007 at 5:11 PM EDT

The Allen County Health Department is cutting back hours for childhood immunizations, and the huge influx of Burmese refugees is the reason why.

Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan says the childhood immunization clinic will be closed on Mondays until further notice, so staff can concentrate on screening and treating the refugees.

About forty-percent of refugees from the nation of Myanmar are infected with the tuberculosis bacteria.

Deborah McMahan, M.D./FW-AC Health Commissioner: “The conditions these people live in, in refugee camps, are pretty primitive. So there are a lot of things that we need to be screening for, so we tailor our screening programs on those threats that could be a short term and long term complication not only for the individual refugee coming in, but also for the community that weren't identified and treated."

Another one hundred Burmese refugees are expected to flow into Fort Wayne before the end of the year.

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