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Document ID (ISN)111709
CIS number 11-0346
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Person Severo K.G., da Silva Oliveira J., Carneiro M., de Moura Valim A.R., Carlosso Krummenauer E., Goncalves Possuelo L.
Title Latent tuberculosis in nursing professionals of a Brazilian hospital
Bibliographic information 2011, No.6:15, 12p. 17 ref.
Internet access Latent_tuberculosis.pdf [in English]
Abstract Tuberculosis (TB) is considered an occupational disease among health-care workers (HCWs). Direct contact with TB patients leads to an increased risk to become latently infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of latent M. tuberculosis infection among nursing professionals of a hospital in Brazil, assessed by tuberculin skin test (TST). From November 2009 to May 2010, latent M. tuberculosis infection was assessed by TST in 55 nursing professionals. Epidemiological information was collected using a standardized questionnaire. A positive TST result was observed in 47.3% of the HCWs tested. There was no significant difference in TST positivity when duration of employment or professional category (technician or nurse) was evaluated. The results of this work reinforce the need for control measures to prevent latent M. tuberculosis infection among nursing professionals at the hospital where the study was conducted.
Descriptors (primary) Brazil; tuberculin test; hospitals; nursing personnel; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) tuberculosis; skin tests; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Risk evaluation
Bacterial and parasitic diseases