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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147-149

Drug-resistant tuberculosis and cross-border patient: A retrospective analysis from a Thailand–Myanmar border area

1 TWS Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Pathum Sookaromdee
TWS Medical Center, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bbrj.bbrj_84_19

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Background: Drug-resistant tuberculosis becomes an important clinical problem in clinical mycobacteriology. The high incidence of drug-resistant tuberculosis is presently reported from Indochina, a tropical zone of the world. Methods: This work is a retrospective study on the available epidemiological data regarding drug-resistant tuberculosis in a Thailand–Myanmar border area. Results: The change of incidence of tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis can be demonstrated. The cross-border patient contributes to an important proportion of overall cases with tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis in this setting. Conclusion: Cross-border patient can affect the local situation of drug-resistant tuberculosis. To have a specific action regarding tuberculosis control for the cross-border patient is very important.

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