High rate of transmission in a pulmonary tuberculosis outbreak in a primary school, north-eastern Italy, 2019

Sandro Cinquetti, Maria Dalmanzio, Elisa Ros, Davide Gentili, Mauro Ramigni, Adriano Grossi, Xanthi D Andrianou, Leonardo Ermanno La Torre, Roberto Rigoli, Pier Giorgio Scotton, Angela Taraschi, Vincenzo Baldo, Giuseppina Napoletano, Francesca Russo, Patrizio Pezzotti, Giovanni Rezza, Antonietta Filia

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Abstract

Italy is a low-incidence country for tuberculosis (TB). We describe a TB outbreak in a primary school in north-eastern Italy, involving 10 cases of active pulmonary disease and 42 cases of latent infection. The index case was detected in March 2019, while the primary case, an Italian-born schoolteacher, was likely infectious since January 2018. Administration of a pre-employment health questionnaire to school staff with sustained contact with children should be considered in low-incidence countries.

Keywords

  • Child
  • Disease Outbreaks/prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy/epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Schools
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary/diagnostic imaging

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