Tuberculosis Surveillance in Romania Among Vulnerable Risk Groups Between 2015 and 2017

Ioana Munteanu, Nicoleta Cioran*, Rob van Hest, Ibrahim Abubakar, Alistair Story, Domnica Chiotan, Gerard de Vries, Beatrice Mahler

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Purpose: Romania has the highest tuberculosis (TB) burden in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) comprising almost a quarter (23.4%) of the reported patients in 2017, and a TB notification rate six times higher than the EU/EEA average. Although the overall TB notification rate in Romania declined from 154/100.000 individuals to 66/100.000 individuals in the general population between 2002 and 2017, TB notification rates remain high in certain vulnerable populations groups such as prisoners, the homeless population and among drug users. Patients and Methods: We conducted a descriptive study regarding TB monitoring data in Romania, including the aforementioned TB risk groups. Results: Analysis regarding notified TB cases among these risk groups indicates that TB rates are 7 to 18 times higher than in the general population. One of the most alarming aspects regards the exceedingly high proportion of HIV-seropositivity among drug users and the high mortality rates among the homeless population and among drug users with TB. Conclusion: This data underlines the importance of early identification among social risk groups using outreach active case-finding (ACF) activities, possibly combining TB screening with screening for other common, possibly life-threatening, co-morbidities for which an effective treatment is available. ACF could have a decisive role in TB control and eradication in Romania, when aimed at these high-risk groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-446
Number of pages8
JournalTherapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • Romania
  • notification rate
  • risk groups
  • tuberculosis


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