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Prospective comparison of tuberculin skin test and QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube assay for the detection of latent tuberculosis infection among healthcare workers in a low-incidence setting.
Cummings-KJ; Smith-TS; Shogren-ES; Khakoo-R; Nanda-S; Bunner-L; Smithmyer-A; Soccorsi-D; Kashon-ML; Mazurek-GH; Friedman-LN; Weissman-DN
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 Nov; 30(11):1123-1126
We compared the results of the tuberculin skin test with the results of the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) assay among 182 low-risk healthcare workers. Overall agreement and specificity were high, but the tests did not agree on positive results. Only 2 of 5 positive QFT-GIT assay results could be confirmed with repeat analyses. Indeterminate results were associated with potential immunosuppression.
Infectious-diseases; Health-care-personnel; Health-care; Respiratory-system-disorders; Diagnostic-tests; Bacterial-disease; Bacteria; Microorganisms; Skin-tests
Kristin J. Cummings, MD, MPH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1095 Willowdale Road, MS-2800, Morgantown, WV 26505
Issue of Publication
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
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