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Tuberculosis among Families of Children with Suspected Tuberculosis and Employees at a Children’s Hospital

Andrea T. Cruz MD MPH, Denise Medina RN COHN-S, Elaine M. Whaley RN BSN CIC, Kathy M. Ware RN BSN CIC, Tjin H. Koy MT(ASCP) MPH CIC and Jeffrey R. Starke MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 32, No. 2 (February 2011), pp. 188-190
DOI: 10.1086/657940
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/657940
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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.

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