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Guidance for National Tuberculosis Programmes on the management of tuberculosis in children - an update.

Steve M Graham

Malawi Medical Journal | Published : 2007

Abstract

About one million children develop tuberculosis (TB) annually worldwide. Childhood TB is common in Malawi accounting for about 12% of all TB cases. Childhood TB differs from TB in adults in ways that have important implications for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB in children. Young children living in close contact with a case of smear-positive pulmonary TB are at particular risk of infection and TB disease. Screening of the household contacts of an infectious source case is therefore recommended to identify children with TB and enable their prompt treatment, and to provide children who do not have TB with isoniazid preventive treatment. It is recognised that there is a need to ..

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