Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis - Kansas, 2021-2022

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2023 Sep 1;72(35):957-960. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7235a4.


An outbreak of multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) involved 13 persons in four households in a low-income, under-resourced urban Kansas community during November 2021-November 2022. A majority of the seven adults identified in the Kansas outbreak were born outside the United States in a country that had experienced an MDR TB outbreak with the same genotype during 2007-2009, whereas most of the six children in the Kansas outbreak were U.S.-born. Prompt identification, evaluation, and treatment of persons with MDR TB and their contacts is essential to limiting transmission.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Kansas / epidemiology
  • Poverty
  • Tuberculosis, Multidrug-Resistant* / epidemiology