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Tuberculosis is important problem in children with HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7056.562d (Published 31 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:562
  1. Dermot Maher
  1. Medical officer Global Tuberculosis Programme, World Health Organisation, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

    EDITOR,—The suggestion by Sebastian B Lucas and colleagues1 and Charles Gilks2 that tuberculosis is not an important problem in children with HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa deserves further comment. In Lucas and colleagues' necropsy study of children with and without HIV infection in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, only one of the 78 children with the infection had tuberculosis.1 The suggested explanation—that “with an annual risk of tuberculosis infection of about 2% in many African countries, most …

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