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Simon Mendelsohn (cohort 2015-16) co-authored this paper investigating airborne MTB genomic DNA in classrooms as there is evidence of high tuberculosis disease burden among South African adolescents.

It is not known if schools are high-risk settings for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) transmission.

Researchers studied 72 classrooms occupied by 1,836 students in two South African schools.

Airborne MTB genomic DNA was detected frequently in high school classrooms. Instantaneous risk of classroom exposure was similar to the risk in public health clinics.

Read the full study on ATS Journals.