Research Project (FLAVIEXPAT):
Seroprevalence of Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis and Zika and risk factors for infection among long-term expatriates from non-endemic country in Thailand
.... Expat study volunteers needed ....
Background of the research:
Expatriate is a person who living in a foreign country for a certain period of time. Due to the difference in sociocultural, medical and psychological factors; health problems are unavoidable issues while living outside their native country. Moreover, expatriate will express a unique health risk from co-circulating mosquito borne flavivirus such as Japanese encephalitis, dengue and Zika. These diseases will cause morbidity and mortality not only in local population but also expatriate who live in Thailand and Southeast Asian countries.
This study aims to determine the frequency of common flaviviruses (Dengue virus, Japanese encephalitis virus) infection in the expatriate population naïve to these viruses. These viruses are usually transmitted to people by mosquitoes. Majority of individuals who get infected with these viruses do not get sick.
The main objective of this study are to:
• Estimate the frequency of Dengue virus, Japanese Encephalitis virus and Zika virus among expatriates
• Identify risk factors and modifiable risk factors (exposures, behaviors, practices) for Flavivirus infections
Ades mosquito: A main vector for dengue/JE and Zika virus
- Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University
- Faculty of Medicine, Chiangmai University
- University of Minnesota
- Armed forced research institute of medical science (AFRIMS)
You may participate if you
- Are expatriates from the US, Canana, Europe, Australia, New Zealand
- Residing in Thailand or Southeast Asian countries for one year or more cumulatively.
- Age more than 18-year-old.
- Able to read and understand English questionnaire.
Detail and method of the study
- Once you agree and sign the informed consent, you will be asked to answer a questionnaire your health and daily life, such as the type of protection measures you use against mosquitoes.
- You will be checked for blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar.
- Our nurse will draw approximately 10ml of blood from your arm. Only one single blood drawn
Read full participant information sheet :click here
Benefit of participants
- You will receive 650 baht for travel reimbursement.
- A basic health screening will be provided (blood sugar, blood pressure, BMI)
How to get involved
- Although you can walkin during our travel clinic office hour, it is recommended to make an appointment.
- To make an appointment: Click here
- Fill your information and choose "Other" on service required and specify you are interested to participate in our research
If you are a group of expats and willing to participate
- We can set up a mobile research unit to your place/your meeting
- Below is our recent mobile unit at Pattaya City Expats Club meeting on 7 July 2019: more detail click here
- Dr. Hisham, Travel Clinic, Hospital for Tropical Diseases )02354 9145