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Free Content Doubling of the tuberculosis incidence in Greenland over an 8-year period (1990–1997)

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CONCLUSION: There was a dramatic increase in TB cases in Greenland from 1990 to 1997. The increase is due to micro-epidemics in small isolated settlements, and affects primarily young adults and children. RFLP analysis confirms this observation and indicates confined, local transmission. In this context RFLP is not useful as the only parameter for monitoring recent transmission.

Keywords: DNA probe; Greenland; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; RFLP; molecular epidemiology

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: Department of Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen 2: Department of Epidemiology, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark 3: Dronning Ingrids Hospital, Nuuk, Greenland 4: Department of Mycobacteriology, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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