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TB in migrants

Pontali, Emanuele and Sotgiu, Giovanni (2012) TB in migrants. European Respiratory Monograph, Vol. 58 , p. 194-205. ISSN 1025-448X. eISSN 2075-6674. Article.

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DOI: 10.1183/1025448x.10023711

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Abstract

Internal and international human migration has increased worldwide in recent years. Migrants are generally people travelling from less to more economically developed geographical areas in search of jobs and better living conditions. The epidemiological profile of tuberculosis (TB) has dramatically changed in some high-income countries, partly because of migration.
In many nations, a screening system for TB disease or latent TB infection (LTBI) has been set up in order to prevent the increase of TB prevalence, dissemination of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in the local community, or new incident TB cases. Nevertheless, several reports from different developed countries with well-performing screening and treatment systems have shown in the last few years that foreign-born TB patients do not significantly contribute to M. tuberculosis transmission in the native population.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:8498
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mycobacterium tuberculosis, migrants
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/01 Statistica medica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze Biomediche
ISSN:1025-448X
eISSN:2075-6674
Copyright Holders:© 2012 European Respiratory Society
Deposited On:08 Jan 2013 09:57

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