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UK to launch TB screening programme

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The UK Government has announced that it intends to begin an overseas screening programme for TB for people applying to enter the UK for more than six months. Phase 1 will be introduced by Autumn 2005 and will apply to people entering the UK from the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Thailand
  • Tanzania
  • Sudan

TB screening will be rolled out over the next year to also include other countries with the potential for a high number of migrants with infectious TB.

The new screening policy will benefit the UK's public health by preventing entry to the UK of infectious TB sufferers until they have been successfully treated. Applicants will benefit from health screening and treatment and host countries will benefit from the earlier detection of individuals with the disease.

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