Differences in Norovirus-Associated Hospital Visits Between Jewish and Bedouin Children in Southern Israel. Academic Article uri icon


  • MATERIALS AND METHODS Two distinct populations inhabit southern Israel: the Jewish population is primarily a higher income, urban population in contrast to the Bedouin population which is primarily of low–middle income, transitioning from seminomadic rural lifestyle to semi urban settings. The Bedouin population is further characterized by lower socioeconomic status, lower education and crowded living conditions of extended families as compared with the Jewish population. While parity rates are lower in the Jewish population, birth cohorts of both populations in southern Israel are similar in size. 5 Both Jewish and Bedouin communities have complete free access to full ambulatory and emergency medical services. Nearly all (~ 95%) children born at the Soroka University Medical Center (SUMC) in southern Israel also receive all hospital services, including …

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  • January 1, 2015