Epidemiologist Justin Denholm advocates universal screening of migrants from high-incidence countries
In Australia, 1222 cases of tuberculosis (TB) were notified in 2011, which represents an annual incidence of six cases per 100 000 population.1 Despite this relatively low incidence by global standards, TB disease continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality, and has a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of affected individuals and communities.2 In addition to the direct clinical impact, effective management of TB imposes a substantial burden on health care systems and public health programs. Opportunities to reduce TB incidence further in Australia, therefore, would be welcome and should be actively pursued.
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