TB incidence and characteristics in the remote gulf province of Papua New Guinea: a prospective study

Cross, Gail B., Coles, Katie, Nikpour, Mandana, Moore, Owen A., Denholm, Justin, McBryde, Emma, Eisen, Damon P., Warigi, Beverlyn, Carter, Robyn, Pandey, Sushil, Harino, Paul, Siba, Peter, Coulter, Christopher, Mueller, Ivo, Phuanukoonnon, Suparat, and Pellegrini, Marc (2014) TB incidence and characteristics in the remote gulf province of Papua New Guinea: a prospective study. BMC Infectious Diseases, 14 (93). pp. 1-10.

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Background: The incidence and characteristics of tuberculosis (TB) in remote areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG) are largely unknown. The purpose of our study was to determine the incidence of TB in the Gulf Province of PNG and describe disease characteristics, co-morbidities and drug resistance profiles that could impact on disease outcomes and transmission.

Methods: Between March 2012 and June 2012, we prospectively collected data on 274 patients presenting to Kikori Hospital with a presumptive diagnosis of TB, and on hospital inpatients receiving TB treatment during the study period. Sputum was collected for microscopy, GeneXpert analysis, culture and genotyping of isolates.

Results: We estimate the incidence of TB in Kikori to be 1290 per 100,000 people (95% CI 1140 to 1460) in 2012. The proportion of TB patients co-infected with HIV was 1.9%. Three of 32 TB cases tested were rifampicin resistant. Typing of nine isolates demonstrated allelic diversity and most were related to Beijing strains.

Conclusions: The incidence of TB in Kikori is one of the highest in the world and it is not driven by HIV co-infection. The high incidence and the presence of rifampicin resistant warrant urgent attention to mitigate substantial morbidity in the region.

Item ID: 39742
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-2334
Keywords: Papua New Guinea, tuberculosis, mycobacterium, incidence, drug resistance, MDR-TB, HIV, Kikori, GeneXpert
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Funders: Exxon-Mobil PNG
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 03:26
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 40%
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SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920309 Pacific Peoples Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 20%
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