Use TST and QFT-RD1 Test to Monitor the Tuberculous Infection in Patients, Close Contact People and Health Care Workers
Phase IV Study of the Quantiferon-RD1 Test
  • Phase

    Phase 4
  • Study Type

  • Status

    Unknown status
  • Study Participants

Tuberculosis is still the most common infectious disease in Taiwan. The infants in Taiwan have been vaccinated at birth with BCG -Tokyo 171 strain since 1951. The BCG vaccination rate is 97% among first grade students in a recent national survey. Even with such a high BCG vaccination coverage, Taiwan still has a relatively high TB incidence rate. In 2004, there were totally 16,784 newly diagnosed TB cases and the annual incidence was 74.11 per 100,000 population nationally. Nearly 70% of the incidence cases were men and 30.4% were women. The mean age of incidence cases was 57.8 years old (median=63). 8,440(50.29%) patients were elderly than 65 years old. The elderly men did not receive the BCG vaccination and were the most important group to develop newly diagnosed tuberculosis and a special issue for the national TB control program in Taiwan.

The tuberculin skin test (TST) is the only widely available method for detecting whether people have an immunologic reactivity to mycobacterial antigens and identified as latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Targeted tuberculin testing for latent TB infection is a very important strategy to identify subjects with high risk to develop tuberculosis including those who have recent infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis or have clinical conditions that associated with an increased risk for progression of LTBI to active TB but the sensitivity was lower in elderly patients.

Quantiferon-TB gold test (QFT-RD1) is a new diagnostic test for latent tuberculosis and a valuable alternative to skin testing. This whole-blood assay measures the production of IFN-  in whole blood upon stimulation by ESAT-6 and CFP-10 and allows distinction of latent M. tuberculosis infection from BCG-induced reactivity. ESAT-6 and CFP-10 are deleted from BCG Region 1 (RD1), not present in most nontuberculous mycobacteria and are highly specific indicators of M. tuberculosis infection. Thus, the aim of this study was to estimate the specificity and sensitivity of a whole blood IFN-γassay employing CFP-10 and ESAT-6, for the detection of M. tuberculosis infection in a clustered high risk elderly population.

Changhwa Veterans Home is a government-expense veterans home with totally 519 residents in 2004.The inhabitants were all elderly people and lived in groups. , They did not receive BCG vaccination and were the high risk group to develop endemic TB infection. The annual TB incidence rate over there was 3,500 per 100,000 population.
STUDY POPULATION AND METHODS Population The study population represented individuals screened for TB over a 6-month period ending in December 2004 as part of a number of community health outreach programs based at the Center of Disease Control in Taichung, Taiwan. Changhwa Veterans Home is a government-expense veterans home with totally 519 residents in 2004. Only individuals with a properly read TST and signed informed consent were included in the study population. If a TST was positive, further evaluation for TB was advised. Anyone found to have active TB infection (12 individuals diagnosed, all from household contacts) was appropriately treated and were also included from the study. No general population low-risk controls were included in the study population. There were no other entry exclusions for the study. Before the TST was administered, a short interview including verbal consent and a BCG scar count evaluation was conducted by an experienced nurse.

The TST contained 2 tuberculin units (TU) of RT23 tuberculin with Tween 80 (0.2 ml of 1TU/0.1 ml) given intradermally on the left forearm volar surface by Mantoux technique. Validity measures such as inter-observer performance were done for TST placement or interpretation individually by two experienced nurse. A purified protein derivative-Siebert (PPD-S) dose of 5TU is roughly equivalent to the 2TU of RT23. 2TU is the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease recommended dose for RT23 TST. TST was also performed on BCG-vaccinated health care workers . After 48-72 h of injection, the TST site should be evaluated for induration and a transverse measurement was recorded. Any readings made outside of the above time period were excluded from the study. All unvaccinated subjects had their blood drawn for the QFT-RD1 the same time with applying the first TST. A TST reaction size of ≧10 mm was interpreted as a 'positive' TST which guided any further medical evaluation. This is the traditional cutoff point used for RT23 tuberculin in Taiwan as well as in most studies worldwide. If initial TST diameter less than 10 mm, second TST was repeated within 1-5 weeks to observe any 'boosting phenomenon' was possible. Statistical analysis of skin test results for each population characteristic was done at this cut-off point, with the exception of one analysis specifically done at≧18 mm in BCG-vaccinated health care workers.

Household contacts of active TB patients were presumably at highest risk for TB infection; the group was labeled 'household contact'. No active TB cases have been reported among these residents for years.
Study Started
Jan 31
Study Completion
Nov 30
Last Update
Apr 05


Inclusion Criteria:

people close contact with active tuberculosis patients including health care workers, people in the veterans home, and/or the close contact family or high risk area or county
low risk volunteers : the clerk and interns doctors initially in the hospital training

Exclusion Criteria:

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