Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Taiwan

Six cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (tuberculosis that is resistant to treatment with 2 commonly used antibiotics, isoniazid and rifampicin) have been reported in Taiwan. Multidrug-resistant TB accounts for approximately 1 percent of the average 10,000 new cases of tuberculosis recorded each year in Taiwan.

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Advice For Travellers

The average traveller is at low risk of becoming infected with TB during their travels since becoming infected usually requires prolonged exposure to an environment where there is someone with active tuberculosis. However, travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to TB by avoiding situations where TB transmission is likely to occur, e.g., poorly ventilated spaces with close contact with persons who are coughing and who have active TB.

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