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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31823378c9
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The Transmission of Tuberculosis in Schools Involving Children 3 to 11 Years of Age

Roberts, Jonathan R. MPH, PhD, MFPH*; Mason, Brendan W. MSc, MB ChB; Paranjothy, Shantini MSc, MB BCh, PhD; Palmer, Stephen R. MA, MB BChir, FRCP, FFPH

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Abstract

Little is known about the risk of tuberculosis transmission from children. We reviewed the published literature on the transmission of tuberculosis during outbreaks involving children 3 to 11 years of age and report that transmission rates among close contacts in school outbreaks are on average higher (weighted average 69.8% vs. 39.3%) if the index case is a child than an adult.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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