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Tuberculosis Among Nonimmigrant Visitors to U.S. Military Installations.
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PMID:  23707124     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Nonimmigrant visitors are not required to be evaluated for tuberculosis (TB) before entering the country. Little literature exists describing the challenges of TB control among this demographic. This report reviews the challenges in managing TB in this population on U.S. military installations. METHODS: Six cases were identified from reportable medical event reports. Information was obtained from public health personnel via phone interviews. Verified cases from 2004 to 2011 were included. RESULTS: Challenges were congruent among locations including: lack of procedures to screen for infection and disease among individuals at time of entry allowing one case to be admitted with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and another concurrently on treatment for active TB; delays in the diagnosis of active TB as median time from entry to diagnosis was 62 days; and the need to conduct an effective contact investigation as the mean contact index was 77 including 1 secondary case of active TB. CONCLUSIONS: These cases emphasize the need for screening for TB in visitors from high-risk countries at time of entry, prompt diagnosis and treatment if found, procedures for evaluation of contacts, and interjurisdictional cooperation in large contact investigations. These challenges are common to nonimmigrants in both military and civilian settings.
Christopher L Aaron; Meletios J Fotinos; Kevin B West; Donald J Goodwin; James D Mancuso
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  178     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-5-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  346-352     Citation Subset:  -    
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Reprint & Copyright © 2013 Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.
Preventive Medicine Branch, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, 2460 Linden Lane, Bldg 509, Office 110, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
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