Tuberculosis among families of children with suspected tuberculosis and employees at a children's hospital.

Department of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas TX 77030, USA.
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (Impact Factor: 4.02). 02/2011; 32(2):188-90. DOI: 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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