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Immigration screening for latent tuberculosis infection

David W J Griffin and Mark D Kelly
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (10): 654. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10953
Published online: 18 November 2013

To the Editor: The recent article by Denholm brings timely attention to the importance of screening for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in at-risk populations.1 Currently, screening for LTBI is targeted to patients who are thought to be at highest risk of reactivation, including patients infected with HIV and those receiving immunomodulator therapies. Given that the greatest risk factor for active TB in Australia is immigration from a region where TB is endemic, it seems reasonable to screen immigrants from endemic areas.

  • David W J Griffin
  • Mark D Kelly

  • 1 Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Brisbane Sexual Health and HIV Service, Brisbane, QLD.


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