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Improved bacteriological data are needed to give uniform reporting of tuberculosis in Europe

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7142.1458 (Published 09 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1458
  1. Valerie Schwoebel, Medical epidemiologist,
  2. Anne Perrocheau, Medical epidemiologist,
  3. Jaap Veen, Tuberculosis control consultant,
  4. Hans L Rieder, Chief, tuberculosis section,
  5. Mario C Raviglione, Chief, surveillance and epidemiology unit
  1. European Centre for the Epidemiological Monitoring of AIDS, Saint-Maurice, France
  2. Reseau National de Sante Publique, Saint Maurice, France
  3. Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Association, Postbus 146, 2501 CC The Hague, Netherlands
  4. International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 75006 Paris, France
  5. Global Tuberculosis Programme, World Health Organisation 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

    EDITOR—Comparative assessment of the incidence of tuberculosis in Europe has been hampered by differences in national surveillance systems. 1 2 In 1996 the project “EuroTB” was initiated. It was based on three recommendations3:

    • a case definition of notifiable tuberculosis encompassing both definite and non-definite diagnosis and the specification that, whenever possible, a definite diagnosis should be confirmed by culture;

    • a system based on individual notification by both the clinician and the laboratory;

    • the collection of computerised information with a minimum set of variables.

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