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Childhood tuberculosis is a major problem in indian children.The
extent of childhood tuberculosis is unknown and constitutes between 9,6%
and 11% out of all incident cases, with the majority of cases occurring in
high TB burden countries.
Childhood tuberculosis (TB) has been generally neglected because TB-
infected children are less contagious than adults and thus do not
contribute to disease transmission
In my personal experience of treating about few thousand children with
primary lung tuberculosis and some patients with Tubercular
meningitis,bone tuberculosis,skin tuberculosis,lymphnode tuberculosis
,spine tuberculosis, tuberculoma, reactivation tuberculosis,one patient
with kidney tuberculosis,many gastrointestinal tuberculosis including
ascitic and gut,and visiting several sanitorium with tubercular patients
as astudent, I have never contracted tuberculosis.
In my opinion health workers treating childhood tuberculosis in
medical college settings have a smal chance of contracting tuberculosis
especially in india where the immunity to tuberculosis is high if the
person has no immune incompetence.
1 Nelson LJ, Wells CD. Global epidemiology of childhood tuberculosis. Int
Tuberc Lung Dis. 2004;8:636-647. Bibliographic Links