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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 May;27(5):512-4. Epub 2006 Apr 20.

The importance of two-step tuberculin skin testing for newly employed healthcare workers.

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Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas, Houston, TX 77230-1402, USA. efrenzel@mdanderson.org

Abstract

At the time of hire, 4059 of 6522 healthcare workers required a 2-step tuberculin skin test; 114 workers (2.8%) demonstrated a boosted reaction after the second step. Boosted reactions were significantly associated with male sex and older age. A verbal history of previous tuberculin skin test results was not a reliable indicator of baseline tuberculin skin test status at the time of hire.

PMID:
16671035
DOI:
10.1086/503640
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