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Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to a Funeral Director During Routine Embalming*

Michael Lauzardo, MD; Phil Lee, MSc; Heather Duncan, BS; Yvonne Hale, MS
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*From the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control and Refugee Health, Gainesville, FL.

Correspondence to: Michael Lauzardo, MD, Florida Department of Health, 730 NE Waldo Rd, Suite 600, Gainesville, FL 32641-3699; e-mail: Michael_Lauzardo@doh.state.fl.us



Chest. 2001;119(2):640-642. doi:10.1378/chest.119.2.640
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Several studies have shown that funeral directors have an increased risk of tuberculosis (TB). Although there is indirect evidence of transmission of TB from cadavers to mortuary workers, there is only one recently documented case in the literature. We report here another case of occupationally acquired TB in a funeral director, which was confirmed by conventional epidemiology and genotyping. This case illustrates the risk of TB transmission to mortuary workers from routine embalming of deceased TB patients with active disease.

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