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Volume 17, Number 3—March 2011

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 1

Characteristics of patients in CDC–investigated TB outbreaks, United States, 2002–2008

No. (%) patients
Total 398 (100)
US-born 364 (91)
Black 265 (67)
Male sex 259 (65)
White 66 (17)
Age <15 y 50 (13)
31 (8)
Clinical signs and outcomes
Pulmonary TB 333 (84)
Cavity on chest radiograph 122 (37)
Sputum acid-fast bacilli smear positive 204 (61)
Sputum culture positive 284 (85)†
Susceptible to first-line tuberculosis
medications 253 (89)
Hospitalization 99 (25)
Death 23 (6)

*TB, tuberculosis; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
†An additional 10 patients had non-sputum specimens that were culture-positive.

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