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Volume 8, Number 11—November 2002


Rifampin- and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Russian Civilians and Prison Inmates: Dominance of the Beijing Strain Family

Francis Drobniewski*Comments to Author , Yanina Balabanova*, Michael Ruddy*, Laura Weldon*, Katya Jeltkova†, Timothy Brown*, Nadezdna Malomanova‡, Elvira Elizarova‡, Alexander Melentyey§, Ebgeny Mutovkin§, Svetlana Zhakharova‡, and Ivan Fedorin‡
Author affiliations: *Guy's King's and St Thomas' Medical School, King's College Hospital, London, United Kingdom; †Central Tuberculosis Research Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation; ‡Samara Oblast Dispensary, Samara City, Russian Federation; §Samara Prison TB Service, Samara City, Russian Federation;

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Table 3

Proportion of Beijing family in isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with distribution by center/laboratory, Samara Oblast, Russian Federation

Location No. of isolates available for typing (n= 138)a No. of Beijing family isolates (%)
All 138 94b (68.1)
Prison TB colony 49 40 (81.6)
City dispensary 1 11 6 (54.5)
City hospital 1 34 18 (52.9)
Novokuibyshevsk town laboratory 21 12 (57.1)
Oblast regional TB laboratory 19 14 (73.7)

aOf 140 cultures, 138 were available for spoligotyping (2 were not multiresistant TB); however, 4 cultures could not be attributed to a center.
b38 cultures were evaluated, but 4 could not be attributed to a specific center, i.e., 134 attributable cultures

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