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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
INDIA: Three-Fourths of Children with TB in City are Girls
By Priyanka Vora
September 20, 2013
Hindustan Times (New Delhi) (09.16.2013)

Data from India’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program demonstrated that throughout the past five years, girls accounted for three out of four TB diagnoses among children in the city of Mumbai. Between 2008 and March of 2013, the total of 1,344 Mumbai children diagnosed with the virus included 997 girls. Doctors blamed low body mass index and poor nutrition, as immunity was an important factor in resisting TB. Public health experts said poor nutrition could be a result of discrimination against female children. Some doctors called for a study on whether girls were genetically predisposed to contracting TB, given the statistics seen in the city. Dr. Om Shrivastav, director of infectious diseases for Jaslok Hospital, said, “Environmental and genetic factors need to be studied to understand why TB affects more girls.”