We are screening for latent tuberculosis (TB) in patients:
1. Aged 16 to 35
2. Arrived in the UK in the last 5 years and have never been screened or treated for TB
• born in a country with a high risk of TB
• or spent more than 6 months in a country with a high risk of TB in the past 5 years
Please can you kindly complete the questionnaire attached and if you answer YES to ALL three questions then please can you contact the practice to make an appointment for a free latent TB blood test.
Information about Latent TB
TB is an illness caused by airborne bacteria (germs). TB can sleep in your body, often for many years, without making you ill. This is called latent TB. Often people with latent TB do not have any clinical symptoms and therefore may not feel ill or sick. However should this change and the latent TB bacteria ‘wake up’ you will develop ‘active’ TB and you will become quite poorly and will require intensive treatment. There is also a high risk of spreading the disease to your family and friends and the wider community.
If you have latent TB in your body there is a one in ten chance the bacteria will wake up and make you ill sometime in the future. Although active TB can usually be cured, it is much better not to get sick at all.
Fortunately latent TB can also be treated. Early treatment will protect your own health by preventing you from getting ill and from the risk of passing on the bacteria to your family and friends.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us or you can get more information from the Public Health England (PHE) website at: http://www.thetruthabouttb.org/what-is-tb/latent-tb/