High rates of tuberculosis in end-stage renal failure: the impact of international migration

Emerg Infect Dis. 2002 Jan;8(1):77-8.


We studied a cohort of patients requiring renal dialysis who had migrated to the United Kingdom from tuberculosis (TB)-endemic countries and found extremely high rates of TB (1,187 cases per 100,000 per year), partly associated with end-stage diabetic renal disease. We recommend enhanced vigilance and screening of such patients, both to reduce illness and death and to prevent nosocomial spread of TB among susceptible persons.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / complications*
  • Mass Screening
  • Skin Tests
  • Tuberculosis / complications*
  • Tuberculosis / epidemiology
  • Tuberculosis / transmission
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology