The data show that HCWs are at increased risk for TB infection
Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at increased risk of tuberculosis (TB) infection compared to the general population (1,2). Transmission of TB bacteria in healthcare settings can occur from HCWs to patients, patients to HCWs and between HCWs. Virtually every country in the world, regardless of their TB incidence, has reported the spread of TB in healthcare settings to both patients and HCW (2).
How can we protect HCWs (and patients) in healthcare settings from TB?
TB screening and testing guidelines for HCWs
IGRAs drive positive change in the HCWs testing landscape
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- Baussanon, I., Nunn, P., Williams, B., Pivetta, E., Bugiani, M., Scano, F. (2011) Tuberculosis among health care workers. Emerg. Infect. Dis. 17(3), 488-494.
- WHO. (2021) WHO consolidated guidelines on tuberculosis. Module 1: Tuberculosis preventive treatment.