Tuberculosis

SafeGard Travel Medicine physicians may recommend you get a TB test upon return from your trip. The travel pharmacies we work with do not provide this service. You will need to check with your healthcare provider or public health.

What is tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) ia an airborne bacterial disease passed from one person to another through coughs, sneezes, etc. It usually affects the lungs but can occur elsewhere in the body. While not everyone infected becomes sick, symptoms include a long lasting cough, pain in the chest and coughing up blood or sputum. Tiredness, weight loss, loss of appetite, fever and/or chills and night sweats may occur. A form of TB known as bovine tuberculosis can be contracted by travelers who consume unpasteurized dairy products.

How can I prevent tuberculosis?

Travelers should avoid close and prolonged contact with persons known to have TB or who are coughing and appear sick. Persons working with or around people with TB should take speciall precautions. All travelers should avoid eating or drinking unpasteurized dairy products.

Who should get tested?

If you will be working in an environment where TB is likely to occur (crowded environments such as clinics, hospitals, prisons or homeles shelters), or will be traveling for longer periods of time, you should consider getting tested both before and 8 to 10 weeks after your trip.