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Volume 13, Number 8—August 2007


High Prevalence of Tuberculosis in Previously Treated Patients, Cape Town, South Africa

Saskia den Boon*†‡Comments to Author , Schalk W.P. van Lill*, Martien W. Borgdorff†‡, Donald A. Enarson§, Suzanne Verver†‡, Eric D. Bateman¶, Elvis Irusen*, Carl J. Lombard#, Neil W. White¶, Christine de Villiers**, and Nulda Beyers*
Author affiliations: *Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa; †Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; ‡KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, The Hague, the Netherlands; §International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Paris, France; ¶University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; #Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; **City of Cape Town Health Department, Cape Town, South Africa;

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Table 2

Treatment history of 10 previously treated tuberculosis (TB) patients with sputum smear–positive TB test results, Cape Town, South Africa*

Patient no. Patient category Year of previous episode Outcome Drug resistance
1 New 1985 Cured NT
Retreatment after cure 1987 Cured NT
Retreatment after cure 1994 Cured Sensitive
Retreatment after cure 2000 Cured Sensitive
Retreatment after cure 2002 Cured Sensitive
2 New 1996 Cured Sensitive (2002)
3 New 1999 Cured Sensitive (2002)
4 New 2001 Cured Sensitive (2002)
5 New 1995 Interrupted NT
6 Retreatment 1995 Interrupted Sensitive
Retreatment after interruption 1998 Failed Sensitive
7 Retreatment 1997 Interrupted INH resistant (2002)
8 Retreatment 1997 Unknown NT
9 Unknown Unknown Unknown NT
10 Unknown Unknown Unknown Sensitive (2002)

*NT, not tested; INH, isoniazid.

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