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BRIEF RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-39

Characteristics of childhood tuberculosis patients registered under RNTCP in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


1 PG Student, Center for Public Health, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India
2 Professor, Center for Public Health, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India

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Harshad P Thakur
Professor, Center for Public Health, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai - 400 088
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.111367

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Childhood tuberculosis (TB) reflects on-going transmission. Data on childhood TB from TB registers under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program of 2008 and 2009 in Varanasi district was analyzed. Proportion of childhood TB was 8.3% of total registered cases 12,242. It was lower than estimated 10-20% in endemic areas. In rural Tuberculosis Units childhood case detection was poor. Case detection in ≤5 years was very less. The childhood cases were detected mainly in adolescent age group. Thus, childhood TB is remaining a under diagnosed/under reported disease in India. It needs attention to increase the detection of childhood TB cases to control TB in general population.


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