Differences in characteristics between Afghani and Iranian patients with pulmonary tuberculosis

Mehdi Seyed Mirsaeidi, Payam Tabarsi, Kaveh Khoshnood, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Omid Radpour, Parisa Farnia, Golnaz Ebrahimi, Davood Mansouri, Majid Amiri, Zarnaz Bagheri, Ali Akbar Velayati

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The significant differences between Iranian and Afghani Tuberculosis (TB) patients in terms of patient age, income, time were studied. The study was conducted in a tertiary TB center in Iran on all Iranian and Afghani patients with culture-confirmed TB, who were hospitalized in Masih Daneshvari Hospital from June 2003 to September 2004. Epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory data were collected by trained healthcare staff using a standardized questionnaire. The study results indicated the high rate of TB incidence and transmission and/or insufficient TB control measures during previous years in Afghanistan. The contrasting epidemiologic features of Afghani and Iranian patients with TB are related to the lower socioeconomic status of Afghanis, inside their home country and while living in Iran, and/or to the higher TB prevalence inside Afghanistan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-182
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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