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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