Cross-jurisdictional transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Maryland and Washington, D.C., 1996-2000, linked to the homeless

Monica Lathan, Leonard Ntaate Mukasa, Nancy Hooper, Jonathan Golub, Nancy Baruch, Donna Mulcahy, William Benjamin, Wendy A. Cronin

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Abstract

From 1996 to 2000, 23 Maryland and Washington, D.C., tuberculosis cases were identified in one six-band DNA cluster. Cases were clustered on the basis of their Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates. Medical record reviews and interviews were conducted to identify epidemiologic linkages. Eighteen (78%) of the 23 case-patients with identical restriction fragment length polymorphism patterns were linked to another member; half the patients were associated with a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter. Molecular epidemiology defined the extent of this large, cross-jurisdictional outbreak.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1249-1251
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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