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Tuberculosis among migrant populations in the European Union and the European Economic Area

Odone, Anna, Tillmann, Taavi, Sandgren, Andreas, Williams, Gemma, Rechel, Bernd, Ingleby, David, Noori, Teimur, Mladovsky, Philipa ORCID: 0000-0001-7761-6928 and McKee, Martin (2015) Tuberculosis among migrant populations in the European Union and the European Economic Area. European Journal of Public Health, 25 (3). pp. 506-512. ISSN 1101-1262

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Identification Number: 10.1093/eurpub/cku208


Background: Although tuberculosis (TB) incidence has been decreasing in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) in the last decades, specific subgroups of the population, such as migrants, remain at high risk of TB. This study is based on the report ‘Key Infectious Diseases in Migrant Populations in the EU/EEA’ commissioned by The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Methods: We collected, critically appraised and summarized the available evidence on the TB burden in migrants in the EU/EEA. Data were collected through: (i) a comprehensive literature review; (ii) analysis of data from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) and (iii) evidence provided by TB experts during an infectious disease workshop in 2012. Results: In 2010, of the 73 996 TB cases notified in the EU/EEA, 25% were of foreign origin. The overall decrease of TB cases observed in recent years has not been reflected in migrant populations. Foreign-born people with TB exhibit different socioeconomic and clinical characteristics than native sufferers. Conclusion: This is one of the first studies to use multiple data sources, including the largest available European database on infectious disease notifications, to assess the burden and provide a comprehensive description and analysis of specific TB features in migrants in the EU/EEA. Strengthened information about health determinants and factors for migrants’ vulnerability is needed to plan, implement and evaluate targeted TB care and control interventions for migrants in the EU/EEA.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 10:00
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2024 18:54
Funders: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

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