About the Authors

Helen Cox
The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Yared Kebede
Médecins Sans Frontières—Holland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sholpan Allamuratova, Gabit Ismailov
Médecins Sans Frontières—Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Zamira Davletmuratova, Daribay Doshetov
Ministry of Health, Nukus, Uzbekistan

Graham Byrnes
Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic, and Analytic Epidemiology, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Christine Stone
Department of Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Stefan Niemann, Sabine Rüsch-Gerdes
National Reference Centre for Mycobacteria, Borstel, Germany

Lucie Blok
Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Corresponding Author

Helenscox@yahoo.com.au

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

HC, YK, and GI conceived and designed the study. HC, SA, ZD and DD coordinated and conducted the data collection. SN and SRG conducted laboratory analyses. HC and GB conducted statistical analyses. HC, CS, and LB wrote the paper with input from all other authors.