Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Study suggests TB screening needs to be targeted for maximum public health benefit

New estimates of the likelihood that a latent case of tuberculosis will become active have resulted in a roughly 50 percent increase over previous estimates of the number of people needed to be screened to prevent an active infection, limiting the cost effectiveness of screening in many Center for Disease Control and Prevention-defined risk groups, according to an analysis conducted by a Massachusetts General Hospital-led research team.

Link to full American Thoracic Society release.

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