Australian Respiratory Council

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Estimating the long- term effects of mass screening for latent and active TB in the Marshall islands

Population-based screening programmes for latent and active tuberculosis (TB) were implemented in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 2017 and 2018. A transmission dynamic model of TB informed by local data to capture the Marshall Islands epidemic’s historical dynamics was developed. Modelling suggests that it would be possible to achieve TB pre-elimination by 2040 in the Marshall Islands through frequent repetition of the same interventions as those already implemented in the country. It also highlights the importance of including latent infection testing in active screening activities.

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