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Tuberculosis control and molecular epidemiology in a South African gold-mining community.

Authors
  • Godfrey-Faussett, P
  • Sonnenberg, P
  • Shearer, S C
  • Bruce, M C
  • Mee, C
  • Morris, L
  • Murray, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Lancet
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Publication Date
Sep 23, 2000
Volume
356
Issue
9235
Pages
1066–1071
Identifiers
PMID: 11009142
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Despite a control programme that cures 86% of new cases, most tuberculosis in this mining community is due to ongoing transmission. Persistently infectious individuals who have previously failed treatment may be responsible for one third of tuberculosis cases. WHO targets for cure rates are not sufficient to interrupt transmission of tuberculosis in this setting. Indicators that are more closely linked to the rate of ongoing transmission are needed.

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