KENNETH E. POWELL, M.D.; RICHARD A. GOODMAN, M.D.; LAURENCE S. FARER, M.D.
To the editor: The Bay Area Medical Volunteers' recently published letter (1) suggested that the prevalence of health problems among Indochinese refugees calls for a program for systematic screening at U.S. ports of entry. We wish to clarify the issues related to tuberculosis.
In accordance with U.S. Public Health Service and Immigration Statutory Requirements, chest roentgenograms are obtained on all Indochinese refugees 15 years or older to screen for active or suspected active (class A) and other than active (class B) pulmonary tuberculosis (2) before departure. Refugees with infectious tuberculosis are not allowed to travel to the United States. Before
POWELL KE, GOODMAN RA, FARER LS. Tuberculosis in Indochinese Refugees. Ann Intern Med. ;93:375–376. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-2-375_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(2):375-376.
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