The Prevalence of Tuberculosis and Drug Resistance among Haitians

Arthur E. Pitchenik, Bertrand W. Russell, Timothy Cleary, Ilija Pejovic, Clifford Cole, Dixie E. Snider

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Abstract

Tuberculosis is a major health problem among Haitians who have recently entered southern Florida. Among those medically screened on arrival, we found that the prevalence of tuberculosis was 650 cases per 100,000 population. A high proportion of patients with culture-proved cases were excreting organisms resistant to isoniazid. Resistance to other antituberculosis drugs was uncommon. Because of these findings, we recommend that physicians who treat Haitian patients maintain a strong suspicion of tuberculosis. Furthermore, Haitian patients with tuberculosis should have drug-susceptibility tests performed routinely and should be treated initially with isoniazid and two or more additional drugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume307
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 1982

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  • Medicine(all)

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