|Document ID (ISN)||109642|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
|Convention or series no.
||Schablon A., Beckmann G., Harling M., Diel R., Nienhaus A.
||Prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection among health care workers in a hospital for pulmonary diseases
||Jan. 2009, Vol.4, No.1, 7p. 31 ref.
||http://www.occup-med.com/content/pdf/1745-6673-4-1.pdf [in English]
||The study was designed to estimate prevalence of latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI) among 270 health care workers (HCW) in a hospital specialized in pulmonary diseases, using both Interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) and tuberculin skin test (TST) methods. The prevalence of LTBI was 7.2%. In HCW younger than 30 years LTBI prevalence was 3.5% and in those older than 50 years 22%. Physicians and nurses showed a higher prevalence (10.8%) than other professions (4.5%). The risk factors for LTBI were age >50 years (odds ratio OR 9.3), working as physicians/nurses (OR 3.2) and no previous TST in medical history (OR 4.4) when compared to those with a negative TST. The higher LTBI prevalence in older HCWs might be due to the cohort effect or the longer time at risk.
||tuberculosis; infectious diseases; risk factors; health care personnel; hospitals
||Germany; interferons; long-term exposure; frequency rates; age-linked differences; medical examinations; tuberculin test
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
||Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Health care services