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Midterm-stage Follow-up for Tuberculosis Infection along the Coastal Region of Northern Miyagi after the Great East Japan Earthquake | OMICS International| Abstract
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Journal of Infectious Diseases & Therapy
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  • J Infect Dis Ther 2017, Vol 5(6): 342
  • DOI: 10.4172/2332-0877.1000342

Midterm-stage Follow-up for Tuberculosis Infection along the Coastal Region of Northern Miyagi after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Masahiro Sakurai*, Tatsuya Takahashi, Miyako Ohuchi, Yuki Terui, Akira Suzuki, Takao Saijyoh and Kazuo Shikano
Division of Health and Welfare, Miyagi Prefectural Government, , Shiogama, Japan
*Corresponding Author : Masahiro Sakurai, Division of Health and Welfare, Miyagi Prefectural Government, Shiogama Public Health Center, 4-8-15, Kitahama, Shiogama, Miyagi, 986-0812, Japan, Tel: +81-22-363-5502, Fax: +81-22-363-5502, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Oct 27, 2017 / Accepted Date: Nov 06, 2017 / Published Date: Nov 10, 2017

Abstract

During the early stage (2011-2012) after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the total number of tuberculosis (TB), pulmonary TB and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) patients significantly increased only in the coastal region of northern Miyagi, which was ravaged by a post-quake tsunami. Here, we investigated the midterm-stage follow-up (2013-2014) of TB infection in this region. Although the number of total TB, pulmonary TB, and LTBI cases had significantly decreased, their prevalence had not returned to the levels recorded in the pre-disaster period. These results suggest that the influence of the Great East Japan Earthquake remains. Thus, we believe that it is necessary to continue strict monitoring of TB in the coastal region of northern Miyagi.

Keywords: Miyagi coastal region; The Great East Japan Earthquake; Tuberculosis

Citation: Sakurai M, Takahashi T, Ohuchi M, Terui Y, Szuki A, et al. (2017) Midterm-stage Follow-up for Tuberculosis Infection along the Coastal Region of Northern Miyagi after the Great East Japan Earthquake. J Infect Dis Ther 5: 342. Doi: 10.4172/2332-0877.1000342

Copyright: © 2017 Sakurai M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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