Journal article

The epidemiology of tuberculosis in the rural Balimo region of Papua New Guinea

Tanya Diefenbach-Elstob, Patricia Graves, Robert Dowi, Bisato Gula, David Plummer, Emma McBryde, Daniel Pelowa, Peter Siba, William Pomat, Jeffrey Warner

TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Papua New Guinea (PNG) has an emerging tuberculosis (TB) epidemic which has become a national public health priority. In Western Province, there are few data about TB outside Daru and the South Fly District. This study describes the epidemiology of TB diagnosed at Balimo District Hospital (BDH) in the Middle Fly District of Western Province, PNG. METHODS: All patients (n = 1614) diagnosed with TB at BDH from April 2013 to February 2017 were recorded. Incidence of reported new cases was calculated for the combined Balimo Urban and Gogodala Rural local level government areas. Analyses investigated patient demographic and clinical information, differences between pulmonary and extrap..

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