Active Tuberculosis and Recent Overseas Deployment in the U.S. Military

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      • Mancuso J.D.
      • Tobler S.K.
      • Eick A.A.
      • Keep L.W.
      Active tuberculosis and recent overseas deployment in the U.S. military.
      of tuberculosis within the U.S. military, Mancuso and colleagues demonstrate that factors identifiable at application comprise the strongest risk for subsequent development of active tuberculosis. Their findings imply that a significant burden of disease within the U.S. military is due to pre-existing latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) among new recruits.
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          We would like to clarify some specific scientific and military issues raised by Dr. Nevin's response to our article.1 These issues include the thesis that switching from the use of the tuberculin skin test (TST) to an interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) will improve adherence to therapy in the military's universal latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) screening program and the thesis that the IGRA would be more cost effective than the TST in military populations.
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