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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31816ff7c5
Brief Reports

EXTENSIVE TRANSMISSION OF MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS AMONG CHILDREN ON A SCHOOL BUS

Neira-Munoz, Edmundo MMedSc, FFPH*; Smith, Janette BN, Rgn*; Cockcroft, Paul BSc, MBBS, FRCPath†; Basher, Damian RGN, MSc‡; Abubakar, Ibrahim MD, PhD§

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Abstract

We report a tuberculosis outbreak in school children caused by exposure to a sputum-smear positive school bus driver. Exposed children were assessed using 2 versions of interferon-gamma release assays. Fifty-five percent (18/34) had a positive interferon-gamma release assays and 4 children developed tuberculosis. This suggests that transmission may be very efficient in this setting and highlights the need for early diagnosis.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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