Pediatric tuberculosis immigration screening in high-immigration, low-incidence countries
OBJECTIVE: To compare the TB immigration medical examination requirements in children in selected countries with high immigration and low TB incidence rates.
DESIGN: Descriptive study of TB immigration screening programs for systematically selected countries.
RESULTS: Of 18 eligible countries, 16 responded to the written survey and telephone interview.
CONCLUSION: No two countries had the same approach to TB screening among migrant children. The optimal evidenced-based manner in which to screen migrant children requires further research.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: 1: Divisions of Respirology and Infectious Diseases, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa at The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 2: Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 3: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, Bern, Switzerland 4: Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 5: Travel and Migrant Health Section for Infections, London, UK 6: Direction Générale de la Santé, Sous-direction de Prévention des Risques Infectieux, Paris, France 7: Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 8: Department of Tuberculosis and AIDS, Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel
Publication date: 2010-12-01
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