Tao-Ping Lin

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The 81-bp region of the rpoB gene in 66 Rif(r) Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan was analyzed. Twelve single-nucleotide substitutions in the rpoB gene were detected. The most prevalent mutations were at Ser-531 (52%), Asp-516 (17%), and His-526 (11%). Mutations were not found in seven (11%) of the isolates. Higher(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To determine the prevalence of antituberculosis drug resistance among retreatment tuberculosis patients in a referral center in Taipei. METHODS We reviewed the register of susceptibility testing of the mycobacteriology laboratory of the Chronic Disease Control Bureau to identify patients with positive culture for Mycobacterium(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Tuberculosis (TB) in prison is a serious public health problem that is fueled by overcrowding, poor nutrition and unsatisfactory medical services. To evaluate the magnitude of the TB epidemic in Taiwanese prisons, we analyzed the results of a screening program for TB among inmates. METHODS A mass radiography screening was performed(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Military service is obligatory for young men who are medically fit in Taiwan. Each year, all 19-year-old men are notified to undergo a required health check to determine their eligibility for military service. This study determined the prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) among military conscripts in 1997 and 1998 and evaluated(More)
BACKGROUND It was reported that 35.5% of tuberculosis (TB) cases reported in 2003 in Taipei City had no recorded pre-treatment body weight and that among those who had, inconsistent dosing of anti-TB drugs was frequent. Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have taken actions to strengthen dosing of anti-TB drugs among general practitioners. Prescribing(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the usefulness of the nucleic acid amplification (NAA) test against conventional tests under normal laboratory operational conditions. The NAA test was performed on the first sputum specimen of all patients. Liquid media culture, solid media culture, and Ziehl-Neelsen stain for an acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear were(More)
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