The history and evolution of immigration medical screening for tuberculosis

Masoud Dara, Brian D. Gushulak, Drew L. Posey, Jean Pierre Zellweger, Giovanni B. Migliori

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Identifying and managing TB in immigrating populations has been an important aspect of immigration health for over a century, with the primary aim being protecting the host population by preventing the import of communicable diseases carried by the arriving migrants. This review describes the history and development of screening for TB and latent TB infection in the immigration context (describing both screening strategies and diagnostic tests used over the last century), outlining current practices and considering the future impact of new advances in screening. The recent focus of the WHO, regarding their elimination strategy, is further increasing the importance of diagnosing and treating latent TB infection. The last section of this review discusses the latest public health developments in the context of TB screening in immigrant populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • chest radiography
  • control
  • elimination
  • immigrants
  • screening
  • tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology
  • Virology


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