A Cluster of Tuberculosis at a Hotel in Southern Taiwan, 2015

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.201805_34(10).0002

Shu-Hua Huang1*, Hsin-Chun Lee1, Chiou-Ling Fu1,Chia-Kuan Lin2, Chiou-Yue You1, Chao-Ching Chang1

2018 Vol.34 NO.10

Correspondence Author: Shu-Hua Huang1*

  • 1Kaohsiung-Pingtung Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan
  • 2Disease Control Division, Department of Health, Kaohsiung City Government, Taiwan


During February and July 2015, two employees working at the same department in Hotel X were diagnosed as tuberculosis (TB) with bacterial strains of the same genotype. Case 1 was highly infectious with the positive result of sputum acid-fast stain and a cavitary pulmonary lesion. Some suspicious TB lesions on the chest-X-ray film were found, which were performed in a routine employees’ health examination two months earlier before the onset of symptom, but neither medical evaluation nor treatment had been provided afterwards. Case 2, as a contact of Case 1, began to have the symptoms of active TB (fever and cough) 4 months after Case 1 was diagnosed as TB, although the first-month chest-X-ray for contact screening did not show evidence of active TB. The office of the department, located at the basement of the hotel building, was not well-ventilated. The control measures, including detection and treatment for contacts with latent TB infection, the use of air exhausting device to improve indoor ventilation and the integration of tracking mechanism into Employee Health Management Program, were implemented. Up to October 2017, no TB case was identified among the hotel employees after the abovementioned intervention.