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Volume 17, Number 3—March 2011

Research

Tuberculosis Outbreak Investigations in the United States, 2002–2008

Kiren MitrukaComments to Author , John E. Oeltmann, Kashef Ijaz, and Maryam B. Haddad
Author affiliations: Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 3

Predominant characteristics of CDC-investigated TB outbreaks, United States, 2002–2008*

Characteristic No. (%) outbreaks
Total 27 (100)
US born 24 (89)
Male sex 22 (81)
Substance abuse (alcohol/drugs) 18 (67)
Acid-fast bacilli smear positive 17 (63)
Non-Hispanic black 16 (59)
Incarceration history 8 (30)
Cavitary disease on chest radiograph 7 (26)
Non-Hispanic white 4 (15)
Homelessness 4 (15)
Hispanic 3 (11)
HIV co-infection 1 (4)

*Each outbreak had >50% of patients with the select characteristic. TB, tuberculosis; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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