Incidence of Tuberculosis in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1990-2001

Jump, Sarah M .; Sauver, Jennifer L. St.; Weaver, Amy L.; Bagniewski, Stephanie M .; Wilson, John W.; Huskins, W. Charles.; Aksamit, Timothy R.; Brutinel, W. Mark.; Scalcini, Marcella C .; Sia, Irene G .; Correa, Armando G .; McCoy, Kevin; Boyce, Thomas G .
September 2004
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Sep2004, Vol. 79 Issue 9, p1119
Academic Journal
The article discusses the incidence of tuberculosis in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1990-2001. In Olmsted County, the incidence of tuberculosis increased notably between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 2001. This increase was seen almost exclusively among foreign-born persons, primarily those from Somalia. Health care providers should be familiar with the incidence of tuberculosis in their local community. Clinicians should have a high index of clinical suspicion for tuberculosis in patients who present with compatible symptoms. Aggressively pursuing microbiological confirmation is critical to testing for the possibility of resistance, the rates of which are higher among foreign-born persons.


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