Control of Tuberculosis in Disaster Situations

Mycobacterium TuberculosisOn many occasions, when a disaster strikes a primary health care service, it loses control over tuberculosis and the cases can migrate. Under those circumstances, the most important thing is to continue the treatment of those in temporary shelters and establish a monitoring system over those that have shown respiratory problems of the disease for over three weeks. Those who persist with respiratory symptoms should have a smear analysis done and the treatment should immediately start for the positive cases.

Keeping a stock of first line medicine is necessary. A nurse, nurse auxiliary or other health professional should manage this stock in the shelter.

Taking into consideration that tuberculosis is a chronic infectious disease, no special activities are recommended to control it in disaster situation. However, in temporary shelters or camps which remain for a long periods following the emergency, it is necessary to take into account the following risk factors:



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