Contact tracing using a new T-cell-based test: better correlation with tuberculosis exposure than the tuberculin skin test.

@article{Zellweger2005ContactTU,
  title={Contact tracing using a new T-cell-based test: better correlation with tuberculosis exposure than the tuberculin skin test.},
  author={J. P. Zellweger and Alessia Zellweger and S Ansermet and B de Senarclens and Peter Wrighton-Smith},
  journal={The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease},
  year={2005},
  volume={9 11},
  pages={1242-7}
}
SETTING Residential institution for alcoholics in Switzerland. OBJECTIVE To compare the results of the tuberculin skin test (TST) and the new T-cell-based test for tuberculosis infection (T-SPOT.TB) in subjects exposed to a case of smear-positive pulmonary TB (PTB). DESIGN After the notification of smear-positive PTB in a resident of an institution for alcoholics, contacts underwent TST and determination of Mycobacterium tuberculosis specific T-cells in blood by T-SPOT.TB. Results were… CONTINUE READING