As visitors to refugees and asylum seekers we should be alert to the
possibility of being exposed to TB.
• TB is easy to diagnose with an X-ray.
• TB can be treated effectively with medication.
• People with latent (i.e not active) TB are not infectious and cannot spread
TB infection to others. Overall, without treatment, about 5-10% of infected
persons will develop TB disease at some point in their lives. About half of
those people who develop TB will do so within the first two years of
• Someone who is coughing and who has active TB is likely to be infectious if
they are not taking medication or if they have very recently started
• Most people who get infected with TB have spent more than 8 hours in
close day-to-day contact with an infectious person.
• Someone who has been diagnosed with active TB of their lungs and has
had 3 negative sputum samples sent to the laboratory is no longer deemed
infectious and can lead a normal life. However it is important to continue
taking the medication for the prescribed length of time or the TB may recur
in a resistant form.
1.The Group will not take referrals of anyone known to have active
pulmonary TB until they have been deemed un-infectious.
2.If a client or a visitor develops a persistent cough or chest infection,
he or she should be encouraged to see a doctor and to get a chest
3.If you are concerned about your current personal susceptibility to
infection, you may wish to discuss the advisability of visiting a
particular client with the Coordinator.
Last Updated: 27/03/2019 – Next Update Due: