High prevalence of clustered tuberculosis cases in Peruvian migrants in Florence, Italy

Lorenzo Zammarchi, Enrico Tortoli, Emanuele Borroni, Filippo Bartalesi, Marianne Strohmeyer, Simonetta Baretti, Maria Tullia Simonetti, Carola Liendo, Maria Grazia Santini, Gian Maria Rossolini, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Alessandro Bartoloni, Maurizio Bonati, Chiara Pandolfini, Francesca Severino, Valeria Confalonieri, Gianni Tognoni, Zeno Bisoffi, Dora Buonfrate, Andrea AnghebenMarco Albonico, Jose Muñoz, Ana Requena-Mendez, Maria Roura, Laia Ventura, Robert Pool, Christopher Pell, Anita Hardon, Peter Chiodini, Juan Moreira, Mariella Anselmi, Roberto Sempértegui, Maria Alejandra Mena, Héctor H. Garcia, Javier Bustos, Saul Santivañez, Faustino Torrico, Daniel Lozano, Teresa Hinojosa Cabrera, Javier Ochoa Morón, Ignacio Abapori Cuellar, Jaime Amorós Suarez, Guido Chumiray Rojas, Alessandra Nicoletti, Elisa Bruno, COHEMI project study group

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Tuberculosis is a leading cause of morbidity for Peruvian migrants in Florence, Italy, where they account for about 20% of yearly diagnosed cases. A retrospective study on cases notified in Peruvian residents in Florence in the period 2001-2010 was carried out and available Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains were genotyped (MIRU-VNTR-24 and Spoligotyping). One hundred thirty eight cases were retrieved. Genotyping performed in 87 strains revealed that 39 (44.8%) belonged to 12 clusters. Assuming that in each cluster the transmission of tuberculosis from the index case took place in Florence, a large proportion of cases could be preventable by improving early diagnosis of contagious cases and contact tracing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-47
Number of pages3
JournalInfectious Disease Reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Cluster
  • Epidemiology
  • Immigrants
  • Italy
  • Migrants
  • Peru
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases


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