Doing the right thing for tuberculosis control in the Torres Strait Islands

Anastasios Konstantinos, Graham Simpson, Tania C Sorrell and Ben J Marais
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10925
Published online: 7 November 2011

To the Editor: Recent articles in the Journal have noted the first case of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in New Zealand,1 and emphasised the exponential increase in cost and complexity of managing drug-resistant TB.2 We thus wish to caution against the proposed premature closure of TB treatment services for Papua New Guinea (PNG) citizens who access health care in the Torres Strait Islands.

  • Anastasios Konstantinos1
  • Graham Simpson2
  • Tania C Sorrell3
  • Ben J Marais3

  • 1 Queensland Tuberculosis Control Centre, Queensland Health, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Thoracic Medicine and Regional TB Control Unit, Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns, QLD.
  • 3 Sydney Institute for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

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