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.
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.
Mohle-Boetani JC, Flood J. Contact Investigations and the Continued Commitment to Control Tuberculosis. JAMA. 2002;287(8):1040-1042. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.1040