Extensive transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis amongst children on a school bus

Edmundo Neira-Munoz, Paul Cockcroft, Damian Basher, Ibrahim Abubakar

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We report a tuberculosis outbreak in school children caused by exposure to a sputum-smear positive school bus driver. Exposed children were assessed using 2 versions of interferon-gamma release assays. Fifty-five percent (18/34) had a positive interferon-gamma release assays and 4 children developed tuberculosis. This suggests that transmission may be very efficient in this setting and highlights the need for early diagnosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-837
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

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