Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, June 14th, 1999
Researchers in South Africa found tuberculosis transmission outside the home to be much more important cause of tuberculosis transmission in endemic areas compared to areas where TB is uncommon. Tuberculosis was spread most commonly in places where people gather to drink alcohol.
Tuberculosis (TB) is transmitted by close contact with an infectious person. It has been assumed that close contact occurs amongst household members and that contact outside the house is "causal" and does not play a major role in the transmission of TB.
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