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Detection of latent TB infection key to preventing the spread of the disease

Presented By
Prof. Tuula Vasankari, University of Turku, Finland
Conference
NLC 2022
Doi
https://doi.org/10.55788/c570275f
As the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the Nordic countries is low, the knowledge of the disease in this region of the world is waning both amongst professionals as well as in the general public. Nevertheless, latent TB poses a serious health threat which requires adequate management. Prof. Tuula Vasankari (University of Turku, Finland) delivered an update on latent TB, which can be defined as a persistent immune response to stimulation by M. tuberculosis antigens with no evidence of clinically active TB disease. “TB is very common, as approximately a quarter of the world’s population is infected with TB,” Prof. Vasankari stated. “It is often hard to identify TB-infected individuals - especially since in latent TB infection there is usually a lack of clinical signs and symptoms.” Nevertheless, identification of individuals with latent TB infection is an important goal in TB elimination. “Treatment of latent TB infection can curb the de...


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