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Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated with Tuberculosis and Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa

Katherine B. Gibney, Lachlan MacGregor, Karin Leder, Joseph Torresi, Caroline Marshall, Peter R. Ebeling and Beverley-Ann Biggs

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 3, pages 443-446
Published in print February 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/525268
Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated with Tuberculosis and Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa

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Among African immigrants in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, we demonstrated lower geometric mean vitamin D levels in immigrants with latent tuberculosis infection than in those with no Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection (P=.007); such levels were also lower in immigrants with tuberculosis or past tuberculosis than in those with latent tuberculosis infection (P<.001). Higher vitamin D levels were associated with lower probability of any M. tuberculosis infection (P<.001) and lower probability of tuberculosis or past tuberculosis (compared with latent tuberculosis infection; P=.001).

Journal Article.  2345 words.  Illustrated.

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

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