Children: Stop TB Key Populations Brief. Stop TB Partnership. (2016)

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Childhood TB has been called a “sentinel event” because it indicates failure on two fronts. First, it signals an ongoing transmission, since the child likely contracted TB from someone close to him or her and who has likely remained untreated. Second, it indicates a wider failure in the system, since it points to the lack of preventative therapy that could have easily stopped the child from developing TB in the first place.

 

Keywords: TB, children, diagnostics, treatment, health system

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