High incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis persists a decade after immigration, The Netherlands

Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Apr;10(4):736-9. doi: 10.3201/eid1004.030530.


Incidence rates of pulmonary tuberculosis among immigrants from high incidence countries remain high for at least a decade after immigration into the Netherlands. Possible explanations are reactivation of old infections and infection transmitted after immigration. Control policies should be determined on the basis of the as-yet unknown main causes of the persistent high incidence.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / epidemiology*