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Volume 13, Number 10—October 2007
THEME ISSUE
Global Poverty and Human Development

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Public Transportation and Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Lima, Peru

Olivia J. Horna-Campos*Comments to Author , Héctor J. Sánchez-Pérez†, Inma Sánchez*, Alfredo Bedoya‡, and Miguel Martín*
Author affiliations: *Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; †Colegia de la Frontera Sur, Chiapas, Mexico; ‡Dirección de Salud IV Lima Este, Lima, Peru;

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Table 1

Demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of 142 persons tested for tuberculosis, Lima, Peru

Characteristic Value
Women, % 55.6
Mean age, y 35.7
Indigenous (Quechua), % 38.7
15–44 years of age, % 77.5
Immigrants, % 60.6
Education, %
Illiterate 8.5
Primary school 20.4
Secondary school or higher
71.1
Household indicators, %
Only 1 room 18.3
Roof of solid material 41.5
Electricity 97.8
Connection to public water supply 56.3
Toilet with running water 58.5
Overcrowded conditions* 39.4
Social security
15.5
Occupation, men (n = 63), %
Street peddlers 68.3
Students 17.5
Another job 12.7
Not working 1.6
Occupation, women (n = 79), %
Street peddlers 39.2
Housewives 43.0
Students 13.9
Another job
3.8
Means of transportation, %
Public transportation 45.7
Individual transportation 26.8
Do not travel to work 27.5
Time spent commuting,† %
30 min to 1 h 60.0
>1 h 40.0

*More than 3 persons sleeping in the same room.
†Of those using public transportation, n = 65.

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