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Reaching the Limits of Tuberculosis Prevention among Foreign-Born Individuals: A Tuberculosis-Control Program Perspective

Nicholas D. Walter, Robert M. Jasmer, Jennifer Grinsdale, L. Masae Kawamura, Philip C. Hopewell and Payam Nahid

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 1, pages 103-106
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/523733
Reaching the Limits of Tuberculosis Prevention among Foreign-Born Individuals: A Tuberculosis-Control Program Perspective

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Analysis of whether assiduous implementation of American Thoracic Society/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines for targeted testing and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection could have prevented any of 223 cases of active tuberculosis in foreign-born persons in San Francisco during the period 2002–2003. We report that 62% of these cases were not preventable and conclude that a further reduction in the incidence of tuberculosis among foreign-born persons will be modest without modification of current guidelines.

Journal Article.  2158 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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