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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
ISSN: 1596-5996
EISSN: 1596-5996
Vol. 12, No. 6, 2013, pp. 1093-1095
Bioline Code: pr13141
Full paper language: English
Document type: Comment
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 12, No. 6, 2013, pp. 1093-1095

 en Engaging Community Pharmacists and Alternative Practitioners: An Approach to Active Case Finding of Tuberculosis in Malaysia
Atif, Muhammad; Sulaiman, Syed Azhar Syed; Shafie, Asrul Akmal; Asif, Muhammad & Jamshed, Shazia Qasim


Contact tracing is the most commonly employed process of identifying the relevant contacts of a person with an infectious disease. A systematic review and meta-analysis on contact tracing of tuberculosis (TB) suspects has shown that the yield of household contact investigation in low- and middle-income countries was 6.5 %. However, a recent study from Malaysia has shown the yield of TB contact tracing as low as 0.49 %. Engaging community pharmacists and alternative practitioners in tracing TB suspects in Malaysia is context-specific and can significantly decrease transmission and incidence of the disease

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