Explaining variation in the burden of child and adolescent tuberculosis
Kathryn J Snow, Susan M Sawyer, Justin T Denholm, Stephen M Graham
European Respiratory Journal | European Respiratory Society | Published : 2019
We read with interest the recent publication by Chen et al regarding the burden of notified tuberculosis (TB) among adolescents and young adults in Taiwan. The authors report that 10-24 year olds constituted only 5.2% of all newly diagnosed TB patients in Taiwan from 2005 to 2016, and that this percentage declined from around 6% in 2005 to around 4% in 2016. They contrast these figures with our estimate that young people constitute 17% of all people developing incident TB globally in 2012. There are several factors that explain this apparently large discrepancy.