The resurgence of tuberculosis in the tropics. An engineering approach to the control of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other airborne pathogens: A UK hospital based pilot study

C. B. Beggs, K. G. Kerr, J. K. Donnelly, P. A. Sleigh, D. D. Mara, G. Cairns

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    Abstract

    The world-wide occurrence of tuberculosis (TB) is very high, and in many parts of the world prevalence has reached epidemic proportions. While the WHO's global 'directly observed therapy short-course' (DOTS) programme has yielded some notable successes, it has reached only 12% of the world's TB cases. This suggests that the use of drug therapy alone is not enough to solve the global TB problem and that prevention using public health engineering techniques may provide a complementary solution. There are a number of engineering control strategies, such as the use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) and advanced ventilation techniques, which can be used to combat the spread of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other airborne pathogens. This paper describes a pilot study currently being undertaken at the Leeds General Infirmary in the UK, which is investigating the use of UVGI to disinfect air in ward spaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-146
    Number of pages6
    JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Volume94
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2000

    Keywords

    • Air disinfection
    • Airborne pathogens
    • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
    • Nosocomial infection
    • Tuberculosis
    • Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation
    • Ultraviolet light

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