Tuberculosis in the Elderly

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Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a worldwide health problem despite available effective chemotherapy. In the past 2 decades, distribution of new TB cases in the U.S. has shifted to persons over the age of 65, who account for 12% of the U.S. population but 27% of the total TB morbidity. Residents of long-term care facilities are at greater risk of developing TB than are elderly persons living in private homes or in the community at large. Because this older age group continues to be the largest repository for TB and because the geriatric population in this country is growing, TB is an important medical issue.

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