Chishala Chabala

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BACKGROUND Rapid and accurate diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in children remains challenging because of difficulties in obtaining sputum samples and the paucibacillary nature of the disease. The Xpert MTB/RIF assay is useful for rapid diagnosis of childhood tuberculosis with sputum and nasopharyngeal samples. We assessed this assay for the detection of(More)
BACKGROUND  Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the major infectious cause of birth defects and hearing loss globally. There is a growing recognition of the potential clinical impact of congenital CMV infections in high-seroprevalence settings. METHODS  A cross-sectional study of neonatal admissions at a large referral center in sub-Saharan(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis in Zambia is a major public health problem, however the country does not have reliable baseline data on the TB prevalence for impact measurement; therefore it was among the priority countries identified by the World Health Organization to conduct a national TB prevalence survey. OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence of tuberculosis(More)
BACKGROUND Betaherpesviruses are established causes of morbidity and mortality in immunosuppressed patient groups but have been little studied in sub-Saharan Africa, the epicenter of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic. In this region, primary infections with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and human herpesvirus type 6 (HHV-6) type 6 are endemic in(More)
Tuberculosis and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in children pose a major treatment and care challenge in high HIV burden countries in Africa. We investigated the prevalence of Tuberculosis notifications among hospitalised under-five children with severe acute malnutrition. A retrospective review of medical records for all children aged 0–59 months admitted(More)
BACKGROUND Zambia is currently experiencing an epidemiological transition, from communicable to non-communicable diseases. The annual rate of physician-diagnosed asthma is estimated at 3 %. However, the general public's knowledge of asthma symptoms and signs, and their perception of asthma remain unknown. A survey was conducted aiming to determine knowledge(More)
A high level of adherence to antiretroviral treatment is essential for optimal clinical outcomes in HIV infection, but measuring adherence is difficult. We investigated whether responses to a questionnaire eliciting caregiver beliefs in medicines were associated with adherence of their child (median age 2.8 years), and whether this in turn was associated(More)
The original version of this article [1], unfortunately contained some errors in the author list and author affiliations. 1. Name of one of the authors has an additional 'h': Julio Anchochea should read Julio Ancochea. 2. Affiliations of 3 and 4 are the same institution both authors Joan B. Soriano and Julio Anchochea should be affiliation with affiliation(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether contact screening recommendations for child household contacts of adult smear-positive tuberculosis (TB) cases were implemented in Lusaka, Zambia. METHODS A cross-sectional survey of smear-positive adults receiving anti-tuberculosis treatment was conducted. The main outcomes were proportions of TB patients with under-five(More)
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