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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000091
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Unrecognized Pediatric Adult-type Tuberculosis Puts School Contacts At Risk

Steppacher, Anna MSc*†; Scheer, Ianina MD; Relly, Christa MD*†; Začek, Bea RN§; Turk, Alexander MD§; Altpeter, Ekkehardt MD; Berger, Christoph MD*†; Nadal, David MD*†

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Abstract

Adolescents with an immigrant background who are from tuberculosis high-incidence regions were at highest risk to develop adult-type tuberculosis disease in a low-incidence region during a 20-year period. If diagnosis and treatment were delayed up to 6 months, latent tuberculosis infection was detected in almost half of the affected individuals’ school contacts.

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