Statement of the European Respiratory Society and the European Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: call for urgent actions to ensure access to early diagnosis and care of tuberculosis among refugees
Post date: Apr 3, 2016 7:27:30 AM
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major cause of mortality from an infectious disease, globally affecting 9.6 million cases, with 1.5 million deaths in 2014 . In 2014, there were 273 381 TB cases reported in the World Health Organization (WHO) European region, and an estimated 33 000 deaths . Vulnerable populations (i.e. individuals affected by discrimination, hostility or economic adversity), which often include migrants and refugees, have an increased risk of suffering from TB disease [1, 3, 4]. If this is not efficiently addressed, the exposure of these groups to Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains may lead to a rise in the number of cases of disease and related deaths, as well as contributing to a further increase in drug-resistant TB cases.