A tuberculosis (TB) outbreak with six definite and four probable cases, caused by a Beijing strain isolate, occurred in an Arab rural community in north Israel. Using epidemiological investigation and strain genotyping, we identified the source case as an incarcerated immigrant. This outbreak illustrates how a systematic breakdown in TB prevention and control measures at multiple levels, within prisons and upon exiting prison, can result in rapid, cross-ethnic transmission of TB to a low-risk population. The close social bonds in this rural community and downsizing of the regional TB clinic staff may also have contributed to the magnitude of this outbreak.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 2014|
- Public health