Immigration comes before public health
Tuberculosis is spreading in Australia due to migrants from Papua New Guinea bringing the fatal disease with them into all regions of Australia.
Migrants are screened for TB however it can remain undetected in a carriers body for months before it can be detected.
Dr Konstantinos said it was “certainly true” tuberculosis was on the rise “across Australia”.
“It is related to a change in migration patterns and increased incidence of people developing TB after they have migrated,” he said.
“For Queensland our immediate neighbors are the highest part of our burden,” he said. “Migrants have very high rates of infection. All you can do when you screen for TB is screen for disease but you can’t screen for the large number of people who will develop disease in the future.”