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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Feb;32(2):188-90. doi: 10.1086/657940.

Tuberculosis among families of children with suspected tuberculosis and employees at a children's hospital.

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Department of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas TX 77030, USA. acruz@bcm.edu

Abstract

Children with tuberculosis are rarely contagious, but their caregivers may be. Only 7 (12%) of 59 children were potentially contagious, and 10 (17%) were accompanied by contagious adults. Screening caregivers was more cost-effective than performing employee contact investigations, with one-sixteenth the cost ($5,470 vs $88,323) and requiring screening of 35 times fewer persons.

PMID:
21460477
DOI:
10.1086/657940
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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