You should always keep in mind that certain countries are considered higher risk for acquiring Tuberculosis.
Currently the five countries with the highest TB incidence worldwide are:
3. South Africa
For a complete list of other high burden countries visit www.stoptb.org/countries/tbdata.asp
If you have travelled to any of these countries it does not mean that you automatically will need a TB skin test. Your risk of becoming infected with TB increases with length of stay. In general testing is not recommended for trips shorter than a month.
The type of travel you are doing in the country can also make a difference. Providing direct patient care in a hospital or indoor setting, working in prisons, homeless shelters, refugee camps or inner city slums are all considered high risk and a TB skin test may be recommended.
For more information please call us at 519-355-1071 ext. 5902.