Three Patients with COVID-19 and Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Wuhan, China, January-February 2020

Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Nov;26(11):2755-2758. doi: 10.3201/eid2611.201536. Epub 2020 Jul 15.


During January-February 2020, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and tuberculosis were diagnosed for 3 patients in Wuhan, China. All 3 patients had COVID-19 pneumonia. One severely ill patient died after acute respiratory distress syndrome developed. Clinicians and public health officials should be aware of underlying chronic infections such as tuberculosis in COVID-19 patients.

Keywords: 2019 novel coronavirus disease; COVID-19; China; SARS-CoV-2; Wuhan; co-infection; coronavirus disease; pulmonary tuberculosis; respiratory infections; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; tuberculosis and other mycobacteria; viruses; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • China
  • Coinfection / microbiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / microbiology*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / microbiology*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / microbiology*