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Abstract:

Little is known about tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in psychiatric hospitals in Vietnam, but prevalence may be higher than in the general population. We assessed the TB prevalence among in-patients of a psychiatric hospital in 2005 in Danang City, Vietnam. Of 300 in-patients, 70 had an abnormal X-ray or prolonged cough, and underwent sputum smear examinations. The prevalence of smear-positive TB was 0.33% (1/300, 95%CI 0.008–1.9). Twenty-three (7.7%) patients had X-ray lesions suggesting active TB and 22 (7.3%) had a history of TB treatment. TB prevalence was high in this psychiatric hospital, and TB infection control needs strengthening.

Keywords: hospitals; prevalence; psychiatric; pulmonary; south-eastern Asia; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Danang Hospital for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Danang, Vietnam 2: KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands 3: KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands; and Center for Infection and Immunity Amsterdam (CINIMA), Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 4: National Hospital of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease, Hanoi, Vietnam

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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