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Epidemiology of tuberculosis and levels of vitamin D in Australia: person, place and time

Jennifer H MacLachlan and Benjamin C Cowie
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (10): 655-656. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10478
Published online: 18 November 2013

To the Editor: We recently reported the impact of latitude on seasonality of tuberculosis in Australia, with greater cyclic variation in southern parts of the continent.1 We hypothesise that this seasonality is partly determined by differences in ultraviolet radiation exposure and subsequent vitamin D synthesis.1-3

  • Jennifer H MacLachlan
  • Benjamin C Cowie

  • WHO Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: benjamin.cowie@mh.org.au

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