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Editorial
February 27, 2002

Contact Investigations and the Continued Commitment to Control Tuberculosis

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Disease Investigations and Surveillance Branch (Dr Mohle-Boetani) and Tuberculosis Control Branch (Dr Flood), Division of Communicable Disease Control, California Department of Health Services, Berkeley.

JAMA. 2002;287(8):1040-1042. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.1040

The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States has steadily declined over the past 9 years.1 However, disease outbreaks and pediatric cases continue to occur, indicating the ongoing transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. To continue to control TB transmission and prevent outbreaks, a major priority is to improve contact investigations. While the basic steps for contact investigations are well established, implementation of these steps can be challenging.

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