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Emerging infectious diseases 14 (9): 1466-9 (2008)

Crack cocaine and infectious tuberculosis.

Alistair Story , Graham Bothamley , Andrew Hayward
ABSTRACT
We hypothesize that crack cocaine is independently associated with smear-positive tuberculosis (TB). In a case-control study of TB in London, 19 (86%) of 22 crack cocaine users with pulmonary TB were smear positive compared with 302 (36%) of 833 non-drug users. Respiratory damage caused by crack cocaine may predispose drug users to infectivity.
ISSN: 1080-6040