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Volume 9, Number 8—August 2003

Research

Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in HIV-Negative Patients, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Domingo Palmero*Comments to Author , Viviana Ritacco†, Martha Ambroggi‡, Marcela Natiello‡, Lucía Barrera†, Lilian Capone‡, Alicia Dambrosi‡, Martha Di Lonardo‡, Nélida Isola‡, Susana Poggi‡, Marisa Vescovo‡, and Eduardo Abbate‡
Author affiliations: *Hospital F. J. Muñiz, Buenos Aires, Argentina; †National Institute of Infectious Diseases “Carlos G. Malbran,” Buenos Aires, Argentina; ‡University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Table 2

Distribution of 79 HIV-negative patients with initial multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MTDRTB) according to the putative exposure setting and DNA fingerprint findings, Muñiz Hospital, Argentina, 1991–2000

Setting n (% of total) RFLP donea M strain
Hospital



Healthcare workersb
20 (25.3)
15
10
Patients
7 (8.9)
5
5
Household
35 (44.3)
19
5
Unknown
17 (21.5)
10
4
Total 79 (100) 49 24

aRFLP, restriction fragment length polymorphism.

bPhysicians, 6; nurses, 5; bacteriologists, 2; and auxiliary staff, 7.

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