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SETTING: Benin, West Africa.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB) in Benin.

DESIGN: Analysis of two tuberculin surveys initiated in 1987 and 1994 and of the quarterly reports of the Basic Management Units to the National Tuberculosis Programme from 1995 to 2007.

RESULTS: The average annual risk for a child in Benin of becoming infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis was around 0.5% in the mid 1980s. The notification rate increased by approximately 1% each year over the observation period and was on average 35 per 100 000 population, with a male-to-female sex ratio of 1.8 and no shift in the age structure of the cases over the observation period. Human immunodeficiency virus prevalence was 14% (97% of the patients were tested). There is a strong gradient of incident notification rates from the north to the south of the country that seems to be related to the population density.

CONCLUSION: Both the tuberculin skin test survey results and the notification data suggest that the TB problem in Benin is much smaller than in eastern and southern African countries.
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Keywords: Benin; epidemiology; national tuberculosis programme; tuberculosis

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: Programme National de Lutte Contre la Tuberculose, Cotonou, Benin 2: Department of Tuberculosis Control and Prevention, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France 3: Department of Tuberculosis Control and Prevention, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France; Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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