Prevalence of smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis in different ethnic groups in India: evaluation of public health.

  title={Prevalence of smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis in different ethnic groups in India: evaluation of public health.},
  author={Pulak Raj and R. N. Prakash and G Mishra and Tekcham Dinesh Singh and Sheela Poojary and Narinder K Mehra and Pradeep Kumar Tiwari},
  journal={Public health},
  volume={126 4},
OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in a high-risk rural area of central India. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective analysis of primary data. METHODS In total, 10,963 sputum smears were screened from Hindu tribes (n = 4032), Hindu non-tribal (n = 5445) and Muslim communities (n = 1486) between 2004 and 2009. Smears were recorded as positive or negative for tubercle bacilli following staining with acid-fast bacilli, in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health… CONTINUE READING


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