Thursday, 20 December 2012

Beijing TB more common but has milder symptoms

A study of TB genotypes in China has found that about two thirds are caused by the 'Beijing' genotype.
The Beijing genotype was more common in younger people and in those living in urban areas, while people of Uyghur and Zhuang ethnicity were less likely to have the Beijing infection. A high rate of chest symptoms such as haemoptysis was seen in the one third of patients with the non-Beijing genotype.
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases.

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