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Migrants screened for active TB pose negligible risk of spreading infection but can still get disease later (post)
Tuberculosis (TB) incidence in the UK has declined over the past 4 years, with fewer numbers of new migrants diagnosed with the disease. A new study, published in The Lancet finds that migrants arriving on visas to the UK from countries at high risk of TB and who were pre-screened for TB, pose a negligible risk of onwards infection, despite being at increased risk of developing TB themselves. The findings suggest that the UK's current pre-entry screening programme, now in place in 101 countries, as well as ongoing monitoring and treatment will be important in continuing the downward trend of TB incidence in the UK.
Evidence-based strategies are urgently needed for detecting, preventing and treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis among migrant populations in low-incidence countries in Europe, according to a narrative review published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection.
Switzerland - The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with financial support from the Stop TB Partnership, yesterday (January 19) launched the world’s first dedicated TB and Migration Portal: The Knowledge Platform on Tuberculosis and Migration (tbandmigration.iom.int).
Migrants, refugees who are often in densely-populated, unsanitary conditions most at risk from new form of TB which cannot easily be cured with existing drugs.
Central Asia and the Russian Federation face a major intra-regional migration flow, home, as it is, to one of the largest labor migration corridors in the world, with hundreds of thousands of migrant workers moving from Central Asian countries to the Russian Federation and to Kazakhstan each year. This migration flow of further concern given migrants’ increased vulnerability and poor access to HIV and TB prevention and care in host countries.
Migrants who were at risk for tuberculosis demonstrated a high rate of disease after migration, suggesting that preventive treatment for latent infection, improved pre-migration screening and post-migration follow-up would improve tuberculosis control in countries with low incidence, according to researchers in Australia.
On June 6-7 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Central Asia met in a regional workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan to create a network for tuberculosis (TB) control.
Oliver is a 27 year old male who decides to migrate to Europe after experiencing violence, conflict and uncertainty in his home country in sub-Saharan African. It takes him two months to travel to a North African country where he lives in a warehouse with 25 other migrants seeking to earn enough money to pay smugglers to get them across the Mediterranean to southern Europe. There, on top of experiencing food insecurity and poor sanitation, Oliver develops a persistent cough and loses weight, which he attributes to his arduous journey and difficulties since then. He finally saves enough money to make the treacherous trip across the Mediterranean.
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