Monday, August 06, 2007

Young Ethiopians Looking for Hope in America

Read the article published in Hood County News, Granbury, TX on August 1, 2007.


Young Ethiopians Looking for Hope in America

Friday, August 03, 2007

An Important Message From the CDC

Over the past month the CDC has received several reports of cases of Hepatitis A associated with recent adoptions from Ethiopia. Hepatitis A is caused by the Hepatitis A virus and is spread in feces. Children will generally not show symptoms but can easily spread the disease to others. The condition is generally more serious in adults and has been documented in a number of recent adoptees and their new family members.

This situation has served to highlight the range of travel related health issues families need to consider associated with all international adoptions. Anyone traveling to pick up the child should visit a health-care provider or travel medicine specialist as soon as travel is considered to ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date and to obtain pre-travel advice tailored to their own medical history. Health consultations should also be considered for any additional family members not traveling as well as caretakers to ensure that they too are up to date on relevant immunizations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has several resources available to the public that may be of assistance to you as potential adoptive parents.

  • Travelers’ Health Website www.cdc.gov/travel contains a wealth of information on health issues pertaining to international travel including information on destination countries, recommendations regarding immunizations, and Travel Notices such as the one recently posted regarding hepatitis associated with adoptions from Ethiopia (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentHepAEthiopianAdoptees.aspx ).
  • Health Information for International Travel 2008 ( aka The Yellow Book), is a compilation of CDC recommendations and general information tailored to travelers. It includes sections that specifically discuss international adoption (wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/yellowBookCh8-Adoptions.aspx) as well as traveling with children. The Yellow Book is available on line as part of the Travelers’ Health website and in hard copy.