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The page below is a sample from the LabCE course Tuberculosis Awareness for Health Care Workers. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

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High-Risk Infection Groups

Geographic areas with high incidence of tuberculosis include Africa, Asia, eastern Europe, Latin America, and Russia. Persons at higher risk for exposure to and infection from Mycobacterium tuberculosis include:

  • Frequent travelers to areas of the world where tuberculosis is endemic
  • Residents and employees of high-risk congregate settings such as correctional facilities, long-term care facilities, and homeless shelters
  • Health care workers who serve high-risk patients or have unprotected exposure
  • Medically underserved and low-income populations
  • Infants, children, and adolescents exposed to adults in high-risk categories