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Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

An estimated 2 million people worldwide die from tuberculosis annually. In 2004 the incidence of community acquired tuberculosis in South Africa was estimated at 718/100 000 population. In South Africa occupationally acquired tuberculosis in health care workers is a compensatable disease.

This descriptive study conducted in 8 public sector hospitals in the eThekwini Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal, highlights current practices with respect to the reporting of TB in health care workers for compensation. Nurses in charge of the employee health services were uncertain about reporting procedures for compensation of TB in health care workers. Five hundred and eighty three HCWs were diagnosed with TB in the eThekwini Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal between January 1999 and June 2004. The mean incidence of TB among HCWs for the study period was 1133.0 per 100 000 HCW population (SD 282.8 /100 000 HCWs). The incidence of TB was highest in the age group 25 to 29 years and among paramedical staff (registered health professionals other than doctors and nurses). Clinical presentation of TB in HCWs included Pulmonary TB 76.5% (n=322); MDR TB 3% (n=13); Cure was achieved in 22.2% (n=118) of HCWs and 40.7% (n=212) of HCWs completed their treatment. ne hundred and seven cases (n=107; 100%) were submitted for compensation and 56.1% (n=60) had a final medical report submitted. The study findings suggest that there are knowledge gaps on the reporting process and incomplete reporting of tuberculosis in health care workers.


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