Tuberculosis in health workers in Peru, 2013-2015

Authors

  • Mirtha Gabriela Soto-Cabezas Centro Nacional de Epidemiología, Prevención y Control de Enfermedades, Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú. Médico cirujano
  • Ana María Chávez-Pachas Centro Nacional de Epidemiología, Prevención y Control de Enfermedades, Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú. Licenciada en enfermería
  • Juan Carlos Arrasco-Alegre Centro Nacional de Epidemiología, Prevención y Control de Enfermedades, Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú. Médico cirujano
  • Martin Javier Alfredo Yagui-Moscoso Centro Nacional de Epidemiología, Prevención y Control de Enfermedades, Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú. Médico cirujano

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2016.334.2542

Keywords:

Tuberculosis, Health Personnel, Epidemiological Surveillance

Abstract

Objectives. To describe the characteristics of tuberculosis epidemiology in Peruvian health workers. Materials and methods. A descriptive study was performed. It included all health workers with tuberculosis listed in the national epidemiological surveillance system of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, during 2013, 2014, and 2015. Results. A total of 755 cases of tuberculosis in health workers were reported: 60% worked in hospitals, 28% worked in primary-care facilities, and 12% worked in private facilities. In 57% of the cases, they worked in health facilities in Lima Metropolitan area and Callao. The average age of workers was 38 years (ranging from 19 to 89 years), and 63.6% were women. Of the cases, 6.1% were resistant, mainly multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, 67% of the cases had bacteriological confirmation of
pulmonary tuberculosis. Health professionals and technicians represented 82.5% of the cases, and 55.2% corresponded to doctor’s offices, hospital admissions, and emergency rooms, the areas where they worked. Conclusions. Tuberculosis poses a significant work risk for health workers of both public and private facilities. It mainly affects health professionals and technicians providing direct care and assistance to patients in large Peruvian hospitals.

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2016-12-13

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Soto-Cabezas MG, Chávez-Pachas AM, Arrasco-Alegre JC, Yagui-Moscoso MJA. Tuberculosis in health workers in Peru, 2013-2015. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2016 Dec. 13 [cited 2024 Apr. 17];33(4):607-15. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/2542

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