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Médecine du travail du personnel hospitalier

The occupational risk of tuberculosis in a low-prevalence population

16 août 2017

BACKGROUND: The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) infection in low-prevalence countries has been declining. Estimates of the risk of occupational TB in these countries are contradictory. AIMS: To evaluate the risk of occupational TB in a low-prevalence population using a comprehensive database. METHODS: All compensation claims in British Columbia (BC), Canada, reporting workplace TB exposure for the years 1999-2008 were reviewed. Cases with TB infection were identified for all occupational groups with five or more claims in the decade and analysis provided estimates of incidence rates of active TB and relative risks of latent TB (LTB) infections.