Extensive transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among children on a school bus.


Neira-Munoz, E; Smith, J; Cockcroft, P; Basher, D; Abubakar, I; (2008) Extensive transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among children on a school bus. The Pediatric infectious disease journal, 27 (9). pp. 835-7. ISSN 0891-3668 DOI: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31816ff7c5

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Abstract

We report a tuberculosis outbreak in school children caused by exposure to a sputum-smear positive school bus driver. Exposed children were assessed using 2 versions of interferon-gamma release assays. Fifty-five percent (18/34) had a positive interferon-gamma release assays and 4 children developed tuberculosis. This suggests that transmission may be very efficient in this setting and highlights the need for early diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: TB Centre
PubMed ID: 18679154
Web of Science ID: 258862600012
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/475

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