MoHFW issues guidance bi-directional TB-Covid screening and
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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) issued a guidance note on bi-directional TB-Covid screening and screening of TB among influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) cases.

Studies have shown that a history of active as well as latent TB is an important risk factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection. This not only results in increased susceptibility but also rapid and severe symptom development and disease progression with poor outcomes.

Tuberculosis is associated with a 2.1-fold increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease. In addition, TB patients also tend to have co-morbid or living conditions (malnutrition, diabetes,
smoking, HIV etc) that increase their vulnerability.

In order to address this dual morbidity of Tuberculosis and
COVID-19, the following activities should be carried out:

A. Bi-directional TB-COVID screening
B. TB screening for ILI cases
C. TB screening for SARI cases

Note: This list is a brief compilation of some of the key recommendations included in the Guidance note and is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice.

Kindly refer to the original publication attached with the post.

Source: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
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