Outbreak of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea

Six cases of XDR-TB (Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis) have been reported in Daru Island, near the mouth of the Fly River in Papua New Guinea. The cases resided in a shanty town where crowded conditions coupled with inadequate treatment facilities contributed to the development of drug resistant tuberculosis. While the risk to travellers is extremely low, nevertheless, travellers should be aware that becoming infected with tuberculosis 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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