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American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease. 2016, 4(2), 34-41
DOI: 10.12691/ajeid-4-2-3
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Prevalence and Risk of Active Tuberculosis among Symptomatic Household Contacts of Bacteriologically Confirmed Pulmonary Tuberculosis Subjects Treated at the Buea Regional Hospital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon

Irene Ane Anyangwe1, , Henry Dilonga Meriki1, 2, Damian Nota Anong1, Chi Joseph Shu1, Kukwah Anthony Tufon1, 3, Fritz Roland Nsonghomanyi Fonkeng1, Nkwain Victorine Nayah4, Kah Emmanuel Nji4, Theresa Nkuo-Akenji1, Fidelis Chongwa5 and Vincent PK Titanji6

1Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of science, P.O. 63, Buea University of Buea, Cameroon

2TB Diagnostic Unit, Regional hospital Buea, Cameroon;Department of Public Health and Hygiene, Faculty of Health science, University of Buea, Cameroon

3TB Diagnostic Unit, Regional hospital Buea, Cameroon

4Department of Public Health and Hygiene, Faculty of Health science, University of Buea, Cameroon

5Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Buea

6Biotechnology Unit, Faculty of Science, University of Buea

Pub. Date: June 07, 2016

Cite this paper:
Irene Ane Anyangwe, Henry Dilonga Meriki, Damian Nota Anong, Chi Joseph Shu, Kukwah Anthony Tufon, Fritz Roland Nsonghomanyi Fonkeng, Nkwain Victorine Nayah, Kah Emmanuel Nji, Theresa Nkuo-Akenji, Fidelis Chongwa and Vincent PK Titanji. Prevalence and Risk of Active Tuberculosis among Symptomatic Household Contacts of Bacteriologically Confirmed Pulmonary Tuberculosis Subjects Treated at the Buea Regional Hospital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon. American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease. 2016; 4(2):34-41. doi: 10.12691/ajeid-4-2-3


Background: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a serious public health concern worldwide. The predominant global strategy for identifying people with TB is ‘passive case detection’ which has a low case detection rate therefore is an obstacle to the long-term success of TB control programs, giving the possibility of undiagnosed patients posing great risk of transmitting the infection to others. Methods: A hospital/community-based cross-sectional study was conducted on 921 clinically suspected consented TB patients and those confirmed by microscopy of Ziehl Neelsen stain for Acid fast bacilli (AFB) were contacted at their residence so as to identify any household contacts (HHC) with symptoms of TB. AFB Smear negative cases were further investigated using sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) centrifuge-concentrated smears technique. Data was collected from participants and the results were summarized using descriptive statistics, bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses. Results: The prevalence of pulmonary TB was 20.6% (190/921) and 7.04% (5/71) among TB suspected cases and symptomatic HHC respectively. In a univariate analysis, age group (p = 0.011), marital status (p = 0.019), employment status (p = 0.041), previous TB contact (p < 0.001), HIV status (p = 0.001) and family size (p = 0.003) were associated with TB occurrence. However, only HIV status (AOR = 4.98, 95% CI = 1.73 - 14.34) and previous TB contact (AOR = 6.08 95% CI = 2.86-12.89) were independently associated with TB occurrence. Approximately 30% of the diagnosed TB cases were detected with sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) centrifuge-concentrated smears. Conclusion: The study showed that, contact investigation can improve case detection rates for active tuberculosis and therefore can augment the existing comprehensive package of interventions that could substantially reduce at the population level TB disease burden. Risk factors such as family size > 5 persons, previous contact with TB patients, marital and HIV status were associated with TB prevalence. Concentration technique is more effective with a higher rate of detection compared to direct smear.

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