Sep 13, 2011
For work reasons I will visit a Refugee Camp on the Myanmar / Thailand border in about 5 weeks time. The visit will be only for 1 day but I am nervous about exposure to TB (and other possible diseases). Is there anything I can do to minimise risk?
Response from Dr. McGowan
Risk of TB exposure can be high in a refugee camp. Wearing a mask (called a particulate respirator) that will trap any TB particles before they can reach your lungs would be the safest approach since TB is spread through droplets in the air. If you are in an open air area there would be less risk as the particles would be dissipated, it would be more risky in a closed room, usually within a few feet of a coughing person. Since your time there will be short you should be able to protect yourself.
I hope your trip is very rewarding. JOe
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.