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Abstract:

Nosocomial tuberculosis (TB) is a serious problem in sub-Saharan Africa due to the absence of protective measures for health care workers (HCWs). To determine the prevalence of TB infection among HCWs in Kampala, Uganda, a cross-sectional study was conducted between June and August 2001. A tuberculin skin test (TST) survey was conducted among 396 HCWs from three hospitals within Kampala, The prevalence of TST ≥10 mm was 57%. Age and department of employment were associated with TST ≥10 mm, while occupation and BCG status were not. Health care workers in Kampala, Uganda, have a high prevalence of latent TB infection.

Keywords: health care workers; latent tuberculosis infection; tuberculin skin test

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 2: Center for Global Health and Diseases, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Publication date: 2005-06-01

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