Tuberculin skin test conversion rate in dental health care workers - Results of a prospective study

Nuala B. Porteous, John P. Brown

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Objectives: The tuberculin skin test conversion rate over 12 months in dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants was assessed in 3 US- Mexico border counties of Texas in which reported tuberculosis rates were high compared with the rates for Texas and the United States. Methods: Tuberculin skin tests were administered to 284 subjects and repeated on nonreactors 12 months later. Participants also completed self-administered questionnaires. Results: The baseline positive tuberculin skin test prevalence was 4.6%. Nonreactors were more likely to have been born in the United States (P < .001). The tuberculin skin test conversion rate over 12 months was 1.7%. Conclusion: Results indicate a need for heightened awareness of tuberculosis transmission and annual surveillance by dental health care workers, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-387
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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Tuberculin Test
Dental Care
Skin Tests
Prospective Studies
Delivery of Health Care
Tuberculosis
Dental Assistants
Dental Hygienists
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Mexico
Dentists

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  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Tuberculin skin test conversion rate in dental health care workers - Results of a prospective study. / Porteous, Nuala B.; Brown, John P.

In: American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 27, No. 5, 1999, p. 385-387.

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