Fighting TB on college and university campuses
Close to 1 million international students are enrolled in colleges and universities across the U.S., making it the most popular host destination for foreign students (1). According to the CDC, 72% of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the U.S. in 2020 were attributed to non-U.S.-born individuals, and these individuals carried a 15x increased risk of developing active TB (2).
With foreign-born students representing approximately 5% of the total U.S. student population and campuses being highly crowded places with the potential for close contact, the risks of TB are amplified. Therefore, it is essential that foreign students from high TB risk countries are screened and tested for TB infection. Through screening and targeted testing, early detection and treatment of TB in affected individuals is possible, while preventing potential spread to others.
Unfortunately, many colleges and universities do not have a TB testing policy or a TB test for college in place for incoming or international students, and those that do still rely on older, more subjective and less efficient tests to detect the infection. Let’s see how you can make sure your students and faculty are safe from TB.
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TB test for college and university campuses
- Statista. Top host destination of international students worldwide in 2020, by number of students (2020). https://www.statista.com/statistics/297132/top-host-destination-of-international-students-worldwide/ (accessed June 7, 2022)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data and Statistics (2022). https://www.cdc.gov/tb/statistics/default.htm (accessed June 7, 2022)
- American College Health Association. Tuberculosis Screening and Targeted Testing of College and University Students (2020). https://www.acha.org/documents/resources/guidelines/ACHA_Tuberculosis_Screening_May2020.pdf (accessed June 7, 2022)