While tuberculosis is both preventable and treatable, it is still a lethal infectious disease that affects Canadians. TB can be transmitted to others, and it is recommended that those who have reason for concern undergo a TB test.
At Mariners Clinic we administer tuberculin skin tests (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) to determine if patients have been infected by tuberculosis. A tuberculin skin test, often called a TB test, is a simple and painless procedure. A tiny amount of liquid is injected just under your skin, usually on your forearm, and you’ll need to return in a couple of days to have it checked. It’s a routine way to check for tuberculosis.
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Though it disproportionally affects developing countries, tuberculosis remains a global issue that impacts Canada.
Tuberculosis can affect anyone, but certain individuals are at a higher risk of contracting the disease:
- Those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with infectious TB.
- Individuals who were born in or regularly travel to countries where TB is prevalent, including most countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia and other nations with elevated TB rates.
- Healthcare professionals and individuals residing or working in environments with an elevated risk of TB transmission, such as homeless shelters, long-term care facilities, and nursing homes.
Not everyone in Canada is vaccinated for tuberculosis. In Canada, the BCG vaccine for TB is typically reserved for specific groups at high risk of TB. BCG vaccination is not part of the routine childhood immunization schedule in Canada. Additionally, the vaccine is not always successful at preventing all TB infections. For more information, click here.