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

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  • 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.
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  • Lathan M; Mukasa LN; Hooper N; Golub J; Baruch N; Mulcahy D; Benjamin W; Cronin WA
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  • 1249
  • End Page

  • 1251
  • Volume

  • 8
  • Issue

  • 11