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Tuberculosis among foreign-born residents of southern Florida, 1995.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9847928     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the characteristics of foreign-born people with tuberculosis (TB) in Southern Florida, their contribution to the total number of TB cases, and available data on their HIV status as well as to determine the number of cases detected by the overseas medical screening of immigrants and refugees. METHODS: The authors reviewed TB cases reported by Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties in 1995. Case records were matched against the CDC Division of Quarantine database of immigrants and refugees suspected to have TB at the time of visa application overseas. RESULTS: Nearly half (49%) of TB cases in the three counties were among people born outside the United States--34% in Broward County, 58% in Dade County, and 40% in Palm Beach County. A high percentage (26%) were co-infected with HIV. Of those with known date of arrival, 68% had been in the United States for five or more years. Only three cases had been identified by overseas immigrant screening. CONCLUSIONS: A low percentage of TB cases in foreign-born people were identified through the overseas screening system. Controlling TB in South Florida will require efforts targeted toward high risk populations, including people with HIV infection.
R M Granich; P L Zuber; M McMillan; J D Cobb; J Burr; E D Sfakianaki; M Fussell; N J Binkin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)     Volume:  113     ISSN:  0033-3549     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Rep     Publication Date:    1998 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-29     Completed Date:  1998-12-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716844     Medline TA:  Public Health Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  552-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; X    
School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Emigration and Immigration*
Florida / epidemiology
HIV Infections / epidemiology*,  ethnology
Latin America / ethnology
Middle Aged
Tuberculosis / epidemiology*,  ethnology
West Indies / ethnology

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