Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Attempted TB Control in South African Gold Miners — Physician’s First Watch
Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Attempted TB Control in South African Gold Miners
By the NEJM Journal Watch Editors
Mass screening, together with treatment for the miners with active disease and isoniazid prophylaxis for all others, failed to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
NEJM Journal Watch editor Larry Baddour says several factors could have contributed to the failure of this intervention, such as high rates of HIV infection and silicosis, both of which are important risk factors for developing TB.