Slide 067 Epidemiologic Basis of Tuberculosis Control
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The cumulative risk of developing tuberculosis subsequent to acquisition of tuberculous infection has often been quoted as approximately 10% for a person who has become infected as a young person. It is very difficult to estimate, because people cannot be followed up for their entire life.

This study, using a model based on data from England and Wales suggests that the lifetime risk of pulmonary tuberculosis is somewhere between 10% and 15%. As sputum smear-positive cases constitute some 60% of all pulmonary tuberculosis cases, the lifetime risk of developing this form was estimated to be somewhere between 5% and 10%.

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Last update: September 10, 2010