Childhood tuberculosis in Israel: Epidemiological trends and treatment outcomes, 1999-2010 Academic Article uri icon


  • Childhood tuberculosis (CT) poses high-risk for morbidity and death. This study describes CT characteristics in Israel and examines treatment outcomes.Data sources were the National Tuberculosis Registry and the National Civil-Census.Between 1999 and 2010, 416 children (<18 years) had CT, averaging 1.5 per 100,000 children (range: 0.6-3.2) demonstrating a declining trend. The average CT proportion of all tuberculosis cases reported annually was 8.4% (range 5.4-11.8%). Most (N=320, 79%) of the CT were pulmonary. CT rates were highest for the 0-4 age-group and lowest for the 10-14 age-group.Of all CT, 236 (56.7%) were born in countries with high-tuberculosis prevalence: 214 were Israeli-citizens who were Ethiopian-born and 22 were non-Israeli citizens. The overall CT incidence in 2010 was 1.05 cases per 100,000 children. CT incidence for Israeli-born children, children whose parents were Ethiopian-born and children of migrant-workers, was 0.55:100,000, 7.5:100,000 and 50-100:100,000, respectively.Cultures were taken from 60% of all CT. Most children (97.8%) achieved treatment success, while 3 children (0.7%) died.Overall CT rates in Israel are decreasing. However, children of parents born in countries with high-tuberculosis prevalence are still at high-risk for developing CT. Bacteriological confirmation should be encouraged to improve CT control.

publication date

  • January 1, 2013