Tuberculosis Information for International Travelers


Tuberculosis Information for International Travelers


This fact sheet provides information about tuberculosis for international travelers.

The fact sheet answer the following questions:

  • What is tuberculosis (TB)?
  • What is multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB)?
  • What is extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB)?
  • How does drug resistance happen?
  • How is TB spread?
  • How does drug resistance happen?
  • Are international travelers at risk for getting MDR or XDR TB while traveling?
  • What is the risk of acquiring TB on an airplane?
  • How can TB be prevented?
  • Is there a vaccine to prevent TB?
  • What should I do before traveling internationally?
  • What should I do if I think I have been exposed to someone with TB disease?
  • What are the symptoms of TB disease?
  • Where can I find other health information about my travel destination?


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

Funding Sources:

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention


Release Date: 2007
Review Date: 2008
Recent Summary: April 2008
Original Summary: August 2007
Last Updated: 02/10/10

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