Fattorini, Lanfranco and Mustazzolu, Alessandro and Piccaro, Giovanni and Pardini, Manuela and Filippini, Perla and Giannoni, Federico and Migliori, Giovanni Battista and Sotgiu, Giovanni and Borroni, Emanuele and Cirillo, Daniela Maria (2012) Drug-resistant tuberculosis among foreign-born persons in Italy. European Respiratory Journal, Vol. 40 (2), p. 497-500. eISSN 1399-3003. Article.
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Over the last few years, drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) has emerged as an important threat to public health in industrialised countries. In Italy, the most recent data on resistance to the first-line drugs (FLDs) streptomycin (S), isoniazid (H), rifampicin (R) and ethambutol (E) were reported for the period 1998–2001. These studies determined the prevalence of resistance among new cases and previously treated cases, but no information was available on the contribution of immigration, which plays an important role on TB epidemiology in low-incidence countries.
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