I heard that a refugee I interact with has tuberculosis (TB), am I at risk?
The short answer: No. Tuberculosis is far more common in other countries. There are two states of TB: latent and active. No one with an active (contagious) case of TB is allowed to travel to the United States. Some refugees do have latent TB which is easily managed through treatments available here. It is not contagious. When some refugees will show a positive PPD reading after a TB test, a chest x-ray is ordered in order to determine if they actually have TB in their lungs. Sometimes the PPD test shows a false positive because of prior immunizations.