A GP guide to tuberculosis in Australia
Increasing migration from countries with a high incidence of TB means GPs in Australia are still likely to encounter infected patients
Need to know
- Consider a diagnosis of TB in any person with persistent cough who has lived in a high-prevalence country.
- In the first instance, suspected TB can be assessed with a simple chest X-ray.
- The diagnosis is confirmed by tests performed on sputum. Treatment is relatively complex and managed by specialist services.