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Volume 8, Number 11—November 2002
Tuberculosis Genotyping
Tuberculosis Genotyping Network, United States

Use of DNA Fingerprinting To Investigate a Multiyear, Multistate Tuberculosis Outbreak

Peter D. McElroy*Comments to Author , Timothy R. Sterling†, Cynthia R. Driver‡, Barry N. Kreiswirth§, Charles L. Woodley*, Wendy A. Cronin¶, Darryl X. Hardge*†, Kenneth L. Shilkret#, and Renee Ridzon1*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; ‡New York City Department of Health, New York City, New York, USA; §Public Health Research Institute, New York City, New York, USA; ¶Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; #New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey, USA;

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Table 2

Demographic and social characteristics of tuberculosis outbreak patients, New Jersey, New York City, Baltimore, and Maryland, 1995–2001

Characteristic New Jerseya New York City Baltimore Maryland Total
n=5 n=10 n=18 n=6 n=39 (% of total)
Median age, yrs (range) 20 (6–33) 30 (1–40) 24 (19–43) 33 (21–46) 26 (1–46)
African-American 4 9 18 5 36 (92)
Born as male 2 10 14 4 30 (77)
House member 1 7 11 0 19 (49)
Pediatric patient 2 1 0 0 3 (8)
Foreign born 1 0 1 0 2 (5)

aProbable nosocomial exposure for one of these two patients occurred at a New Jersey hospital before the patient’s relocation to Maryland.

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1 PDM, TRS, CRD, BK, CLW, WAC, DXH, KLS, and RR were involved in the conception and design of various phases (epidemiologic and laboratory methods) of this investigation. All coauthors were responsible for collection of either epidemiologic or molecular genotyping data. Analysis and interpretation of the data were primarily performed by PDM, TRS, and RR. All coauthors participated in preparation and critical review of the manuscript.

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