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Tuberculin conversion and tuberculosis disease in infants and young children from the Drakenstein Child Health Study: A call to action

L Martinez, H J Zar

Abstract


Although tuberculosis (TB) is widely acknowledged as a major driver of global morbidity and mortality in adults, the disease’s impact on children has been underappreciated. Global estimates of mortality among children aged <5 years, derived largely from vital registration and verbal autopsy records, have excluded paediatric TB as a contributing cause.


Authors' affiliations

L Martinez, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Calif., USA

H J Zar, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and MRC Unit on Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Paediatric tuberculosis; Tuberculosis; Primary disease

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2018;108(4):247-248. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i4.13169

Article History

Date submitted: 2018-03-28
Date published: 2018-03-28

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