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Volume 10, Number 5—May 2004

Letter

Beijing/W Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Italy

Nicoletta Lari*, Laura Rindi*, Daniela Bonanni*, Enrico Tortoli†, and Carlo Garzelli*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy; †Ospedale Careggi, Firenze, Italy

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Characteristics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains of Beijing/W genotype isolated in 2002 in Tuscany, Italya

Strain no. Patient’s country of birth Sex Age HIV status Years in Italy Site of TB Drug resistanceb
Str Inh Rif Eth Pza
669
China
M
40

1
Pulmonary
S
S
S
S
S
763
China
M
42

<1
Pulmonary
S
S
S
S
S
804
China
F
23

4
Pulmonary
NT
S
S
S
S
836
China
M
34

1
Pulmonary
NT
S
S
S
S
884
Italy
F
39
+
NA
Extrapulmonary
NT
S
S
S
S
952
Italy
F
28

NA
Pulmonary
NT
R
S
S
S
974 China F 27 1 Pulmonary NT S S S S

aTB, tuberculosis; Str, Sterptomycin; Inh, isoniazid; Rif, rifampin; Eth, ethambutol; Pza, pirazinamide; S, susceptible; R, resistant; M, male; F, female; NA, not applicable; NT, not tested.
bDrug resistance was assessed by the radiometric BACTEC system (Becton Dickinson, Towson, MD) according to the proportion method.

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