ECDC publishes guidance on testing and screening for TB among refugees arriving from Ukraine

12 April 2022

Article: 56/1403

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published an information note providing an overview of public health guidance on testing for tuberculosis (TB) infection, TB preventative treatment and screening for TB disease, in the context of people arriving in European countries from Ukraine.

The ECDC do not recommend universal testing of refugees arriving in European countries from Ukraine for TB infection. Specific groups should be considered for TB testing, such as household contacts of bacteriologically confirmed pulmonary cases or immunocompromised individuals.

Universal screening for TB disease of refugees arriving in European countries from Ukraine is not recommended. In certain groups at risk of TB, such as people living with HIV or those who are contacts of TB patients, screening for TB disease is important, while in those without disease, assessment for TB preventive treatment is recommended.

Source: ECDC, 7 April 2022