Authors’ Reply to the Comment on: “Pulmonary Tuberculosis Seasonality Survey in the Fars Province, South of Iran”

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Mohammad Javad Fallahi ORCID 1 , * , Anahita Mirdamadi 2 , Mohsen Moghadami 3

1 Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Internal Medicine Department, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Nephrology Department, Internal Medicine Department, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Internal Medicine Department, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

How to Cite: Fallahi M J, Mirdamadi A , Moghadami M. Authors’ Reply to the Comment on: “Pulmonary Tuberculosis Seasonality Survey in the Fars Province, South of Iran”, Shiraz E-Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 21(4):e101593. doi: 10.5812/semj.101593.

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Shiraz E-Medical Journal: 21 (4); e101593
Published Online: March 16, 2020
Article Type: Reply
Received: February 3, 2020
Accepted: February 7, 2020
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Dear Editor,

We thank the authors for their interest and comments on our manuscript (1). As it was mentioned by the authors, apparently more frequent diagnosis of tuberculosis in warm seasons may be a reflection of more frequent acquisition of organism during cold seasons, which is due to crowding, low immunity and low level of vitamin D, and less diagnostic confusion with common upper respiratory tract infection (2, 3). However, due to the design of our study, which was retrospective and also poor recording of patient initiation symptom in our registry, we could not find the exact causes of seemingly tuberculosis diagnosis in warm seasons.

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