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Free Content Tuberculosis cluster in an immigrant community: case identification issues and a transcultural perspective

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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.
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Keywords: contact tracing; genotipaje; genotyping; génotypage; medicina transcultural; médecine transculturelle; recherche des contacts; seguimiento de contactos; transcultural medicine; tuberculose; tuberculosis

Language: English

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: September 1, 2009

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