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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tuberculosis Control: An Overview

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Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Bentley, WA 6102, Australia
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Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, WA 6009, Australia
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Department of Global Health, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
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Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2020, 5(3), 123; https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed5030123
Received: 27 May 2020 / Revised: 20 July 2020 / Accepted: 21 July 2020 / Published: 24 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives)
Throughout history, pandemics of viral infections such as HIV, Ebola and Influenza have disrupted health care systems, including the prevention and control of endemic diseases. Such disruption has resulted in an increased burden of endemic diseases in post-pandemic periods. The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic could cause severe dysfunction in the prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB), the infectious disease that causes more deaths than any other, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where the burden of TB is high. The economic and health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the public health measures currently taken to stop the spread of the virus may have an impact on household TB transmission, treatment and diagnostic services, and TB prevention and control programs. Here, we provide an overview of the potential impact of COVID-19 on TB programs and disease burden, as well as possible strategies that could help to mitigate the impact. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; endemic; tuberculosis; impact; control; overview COVID-19; pandemic; endemic; tuberculosis; impact; control; overview
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Alene, K.A.; Wangdi, K.; Clements, A.C.A. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tuberculosis Control: An Overview. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2020, 5, 123. https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed5030123

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Alene KA, Wangdi K, Clements ACA. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tuberculosis Control: An Overview. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2020; 5(3):123. https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed5030123

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Alene, Kefyalew A.; Wangdi, Kinley; Clements, Archie C.A. 2020. "Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tuberculosis Control: An Overview" Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 5, no. 3: 123. https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed5030123

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