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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 141-142

Incidence of tuberculosis among malnourished patients: A summary on epidemiological data from a rural province in indochina

1 Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Osun State, Nigeria

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Dr. Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip
26 Medical Center, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bbrj.bbrj_130_19

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Background: In developing countries, malnutrition is a common public health problem. In the same setting, infectious diseases including tuberculosis are also common. The interrelationship between malnutrition and tuberculosis is mentioned in literature. Malnourished patients are proposed to be a risk group prone to tuberculosis infection. Methods: In this report, the authors retrospectively analyzed the available epidemiological data regarding tuberculosis among malnourished patients in a rural province of Thailand, a tropical country in Indochina. Results: According to this study, the incidence of tuberculosis among malnourished patients is equal to 0.65% (95% confidence interval = 0.09%–4.8%). Conclusion: The incidence of tuberculosis among patients with malnutrition status is high in our setting. Screening for tuberculosis among malnourished patients is useful.

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