Tuberculosis cluster in an immigrant community: case identification issues and a transcultural perspective
Abstract:Objectives In a low incidence area for tuberculosis (TB), a computerized database identified an unusually high proportion of patients coming from one single country between 2004 and 2006. To determine whether they constituted a cluster, whether clustering was due to recent transmission, and to understand what undermined the efficacy of the contact tracing procedure, we conducted a retrospective study of all patients with TB from this country.
Keywords: contact tracing; genotipaje; genotyping; génotypage; medicina transcultural; médecine transculturelle; recherche des contacts; seguimiento de contactos; transcultural medicine; tuberculose; tuberculosis
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Tropical Medicine Unit, Division of International and Humanitarian Health, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland 2: Transcultural Consultation, Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland 3: Central Laboratory of Bacteriology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland 4: Division of Pulmonary Diseases, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Publication date: 2009-09-01