Young bong users at risk of tuberculosis infection

YOUNG Australians using bongs to smoke marijuana may be putting themselves at risk of tuberculosis, Newcastle researchers warn.

Three pulmonary tuberculosis cases were identified in young Australian-born, non-Indigenous adults in which marijuana was “possibly a significant risk factor” in transmission and severity, a conference heard.

“Health professionals need to remain aware of the possibility of tuberculosis in groups with historically low incidence rates,” researchers told the annual Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand conference in Perth.