Journal article

Tuberculosis in migrants to Australia: Outcomes of a national screening program

James M Trauer, Bridget Williams, Ingrid Laemmle-Ruff, Danielle Horyniak, Lila V Soares Caplice, Emma S McBryde, Suman S Majumdar, Stephen M Graham, Margaret E Hellard

The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific | Elsevier BV | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: Few low-incidence countries are on track to achieve the ambitious target of reaching TB pre- elimination by 2035. Australia is a high-income country with a low burden of TB, which is particularly concentrated in migrant populations. As part of Australia’s migration program, permanent, provisional and humanitarian visa applicants are screened for TB, along with some applicants for temporary visas. Methods: We calculated the prevalence of all forms of active TB and bacteriologically-confirmed TB among onshore and offshore applicants for visas to Australia from July 2014 to June 2017, and investigated associated risk factors using logistic regression. Findings: Visa applicants ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

No direct financial support was received for this project. The corresponding author and DH are a recipients of Early Career Fellowships from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, APP1142638 and APP1092077 respectively.