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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 8  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 1107 - 1109

Tuberculosis in the Afghan Immigrant in Kerman Province of Iran

M. Moradi, M.K. Arababadi and G. Hassanshahi    

Abstract: This study was performed to examine the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) in Afghan immigrants in Kerman province of Iran. Total of three hundred samples were collected from Afghan immigrants and were analyzed by PCR using primers corresponding to the recF gene of M. tuberculosis complex. Present results showed that Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA was present in 36 out of 300 (12%) sputum samples. Thirty-two out of 36 patients were women (88%) and 4 cases were men (12%). Present results demonstrated that these immigrants are high risk for TB infection and surprisingly women are more affected. Therefore, a wide variety of strategies are needed for prevention and treatment of TB in this population.

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