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BCG vaccination in developing countries

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c809 (Published 15 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c809

BCG for tropical countries

Editor, I read the editorial by Professor Frank with great interest
[1]. It is assumed that BCG might not be highly useful in tropical
countries where the prevalence of mycobacterial infection is high. This is
an interesting point for discussion. Due to rapid industrialization,
many tropical countries have improved basic sanitation background. Also,
the increased accumulated number of HIV infected cases around the world
also brings up similarly high rate of TB around the world. The BCG might
still be highly useful in tropical country according to its newborn
vaccination recommendation.

References

1. Shann F. BCG vaccination in developing countries
BMJ 2010; 340: c809

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04 April 2010
professor viroj wiwanitkit
physician, director
wiwanitkit house, bangkhae, bangkok thailand 10160