Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 10, October 2010

Tuberculosis Prevention in travellers

Amy A Neilson Cora A Mayer
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This article on tuberculosis forms part of our travel medicine series for 2010, providing a summary of prevention strategies and vaccinations for infections that may be acquired by travellers. The series aims to provide practical strategies to assist general practitioners in giving travel advice, as a synthesis of multiple information sources which must otherwise be consulted.
Tuberculosis is a disease of significant worldwide prevalence, morbidity and mortality. Multi-drug resistant and extensively drug resistant strains, poverty, and co-endemic human immunodeficiency virus infection have hampered efforts to reduce transmission worldwide.
To outline risk assessment of tuberculosis infection for travellers and discuss potential interventions.
Long term travellers to areas of high tuberculosis incidence are potentially at risk of contracting the disease. Infants and children are particularly at risk of severe complications of tuberculosis. There is no consensus about methods to prevent tuberculosis. Health practitioners need to carefully consider the risks and benefits for their patients. Possible strategies include education, personal protection devices, BCG vaccination, tuberculin (Mantoux) skin testing and testing with newer interferon-gamma release assays.

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