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Screening of Hospital Workers for Pulmonary Tuberculosis in a Medical Center in Taiwan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 June 2016

Fu-Der Wang
Affiliation:
Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan Infection Control Department, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Chi-Hwar Chang
Affiliation:
Infection Control Department, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
Wei-Juin Su
Affiliation:
Department of Chest Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Jen-Fu Shih
Affiliation:
Department of Chest Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Kuang-Ming Hsiao
Affiliation:
Department of Chest Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Ming-Sheng Chern
Affiliation:
Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
Te-Li Chen
Affiliation:
Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan Infection Control Department, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
Ming-Yin Lin
Affiliation:
Infection Control Department, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Yin-Yin Chen
Affiliation:
Infection Control Department, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Chen-Hsen Lee*
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Service, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
*
Department of Emergency Service, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, No. 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei, Taiwan (chlee@vghtpe.gov.tw)

Abstract

At a medical center in Taiwan, all workers were examined by chest radiography, to determine the prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis. The prevalence of tuberculosis among all hospital workers was 0.12%, that among nurses was 0.35%, and that among externally contracted cleaners was 0.57%. All of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates recovered from 2 nurses and from a patient with pulmonary tuberculosis were the Beijing strain, but the strains had different serotypes.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2006

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