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Volume 17, Number 3—March 2011

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Tuberculosis in Kindergarten and Primary School, Italy, 2008–2009

Antonietta FiliaComments to Author , Giuseppe Ciarrocchi, Rossana Belfiglio, Monaldo Caferri, Antonino Bella, Claudio Piersimoni, Daniela Cirillo, Gualtiero Grilli, Cristina Mancini, and Donato Greco
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: National Health Institute, Rome, Italy (A. Filia, A. Bella, D. Greco); Local Health Authority Marche Region, Ancona, Italy (G. Ciarrocchi, R. Belfiglio, M. Caferri); United Hospitals, Ancona (C. Piersimoni); Regional Reference Mycobacterial Laboratory, Ancona (C. Piersimoni); San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy (D. Cirillo); Regional Healthcare Agency Marche Region, Ancona (G. Grilli, C. Mancini)

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Table 1

Results of initial and follow-up screening for tuberculosis, Italy, 2008–2009*

Persons screened by TST or chest radiograph No. tested Median age, y (range) TST induration >5 mm,
no. positive/no. tested (%)
No. positive/no. with negative TST result at initial screening (%)
Initial screening Follow-up testing
Schoolchildren 388 6 (2–11) 53/383 (13.8) 9/320 (2.8) 320/330 (97.0)
School staff 77 45 (24–60) 15/71 (21.1) 7/53 (13.2) 53/56 (94.6)
Family contacts† 207 37 (1–89) 35/203 (17.2) 10/90 (11.1) 90/168 (53.6)
Casual contacts
179
29 (2–66)
18/173 (10.4)
4/106 (3.8)
106/155 (68.4)
Total 851 8 (1–89) 121/830 (14.6) 30/569 (5.3) 569/709 (80.2)

*All categories are mutually exclusive. TST, tuberculin skin test.
†Household and immediate family members of children with positive skin test results. Does not include family contacts of the source case-patient.

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