Tuberculosis among community-based health care researchers

Claassens, MM; Sismanidis, C; Lawrence, KA; Godfrey-Faussett, P; Ayles, H; Enarson, DA; Beyers, N; (2010) Tuberculosis among community-based health care researchers. The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease, 14 (12). pp. 1576-81. ISSN 1027-3719

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BACKGROUND: Occupational tuberculosis (TB) in hospital-based health care workers is reported regularly, but TB in community-based health care researchers has not often been addressed.<br/> OBJECTIVE: To investigate TB incidence in health care researchers in a high TB and human immunodeficiency virus prevalent setting in the Western Cape, South Africa. The health care researchers were employed at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Stellenbosch University.<br/> METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of routine information concerning employees at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre. The Centre has office-based and community-based employees.<br/> RESULTS: Of 180 researchers included in the analysis, 11 TB cases were identified over 250.4 person-years (py) of follow-up. All cases were identified among community-based researchers. TB incidence was 4.39 per 100 py (95%CI 2.45-7.93). The standardised TB morbidity ratio was 2.47 (95%CI 1.25-4.32), which exceeded the standard population rate by 147%.<br/> CONCLUSIONS: TB incidence in South Africa was 948 per 100,000 population per year in 2007; in the communities where the researchers worked, it was 1875/100,000. Community-based researchers in the study population have a 2.34 times higher TB incidence than the community. It is the responsibility of principal investigators to implement occupational health and infection control guidelines to protect researchers.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Keywords: tuberculosis, health care workers, HIV, infection control, community-based, WORKERS, STAFF, RISK, MALAWI
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: TB Centre
PubMed ID: 21144243
Web of Science ID: 285280300015


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