Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 3rd, 2000
South African gold miners have among the highest rates of tuberculosis in the world, due to factors including the origin of miners from rural regions with a high endemic rate of tuberculosis, silica dust exposure, crowding, the increasing age of the workforce, and HIV-1 infection. The development of DNA fingerprinting techniques has allowed a better understanding of the spread of tuberculosis in communities. Clusters of patients whose isolates of...
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