EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF PEDIATRIC TUBERCULOSIS IN EASTERN PART OF ROMANIA
Tuberculosis continues to represent an extremely major problem of public health worldwide, with global economic and social implications. Aim of the study was to evaluate some variables in children admitted with Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections. Material and methods: The descriptive study performed on a group of 1,849 patients aged between 0-18 years, during 2010 and 2014. Results: Distribution of cases highlighted that pediatric patients were more frequently girls (M/F = 0.97), from urban areas (U/R= 1.29), aged of 10-14 (33.04% of total cases), then 5-9 (28.18%). Children of 0-4 age group represented 17.18% of total cases. Conclusions: The present study represented the second part of a larger surveillance study started in 1999, with first results published in 2007. The study will be continued next years, taking into consideration also other variables with clinical importance in pediatric patients.
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