Screening for tuberculosis among homeless shelter staff

Simona Di Renzi, Paola Tomao, Agnese Martini, Silvia Capanna, Luca Rubino, Wanda D'Amico, Fabio Tomei, Paolo Visca, Nicoletta Vonesch

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Abstract

The prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) among homeless shelter staff was assessed using the tuberculin skin test (TST) and the Quantiferon TB-Gold in tube interferon-γ release assay (QFT-TB). Investigation of 51 participants for whom both QFT-TB and TST results were available showed 47.1% and 43.1% positivity, respectively, with excellent (92%) concordance between the 2 tests. The high risk for acquiring occupational TB necessitates the development of TB surveillance protocols for homeless shelter staff in Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-461
Number of pages3
JournalAJIC: American Journal of Infection Control
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Health care worker
  • Interferon-γ assay
  • Occupational infection
  • Tuberculin skin test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy

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