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2007 Tuberculosis Policy
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Page updated 30 April 2007


Key Points

Only 'open' (cavitating) pulmonary tuberculosis is infectious to others

Nurse patients with open tuberculosis in a negative pressure side room

Special masks can be worn in the room of a patient with open tuberculosis

Respiratory care, surgery and autopsy in patients with infectious tuberculosis are risky to the staff performing these procedures (special maks must be worn)

Children and people with HIV are very prone to catching tuberculosis

Staff Protection


Notification of New Tuberculosis Cases


Patient Procedures

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Tuberculosis in Children, Staff Members and AIDS Patients

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Surgery Considerations

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Masks for the Protection of Staff Against Tuberculosis

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