On 18 February 2022, Public Health Scotland (PHS) published recommendations on the management of tuberculosis (TB) screening for those arriving from Afghanistan into Scotland under the UK Government’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme. This scheme is also applicable to entrants from other high-incidence countries.
Afghanistan has a high incidence of TB, estimated by the World Health Organization at 189 per 100,000 of the population. Due to the emergency nature of the evacuations, few individuals will have undergone the required pre-entry screening for pulmonary TB.
Further supporting materials will be made available shortly and the PHS team can be contacted with any enquiries.