Latent Tuberculosis Infection Screening Acceptability among Migrant Farmworkers

Obiyo Osuchukwu, Maria Nuῆez, Samuel Packard, John Ehiri, Cecilia Rosales, Eric Hawkins, José Gabino Gerardo Avilés, Francisco Gonzalez-Salazar, Eyal Oren

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Latent tuberculosis (TB) infection is routinely diagnosed using the tuberculin skin test (TST). New methods of detection more specific than TST such as QuantiFERON TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) have been developed but evidence remains limited on their acceptability among migrant farmworkers. This article examined the acceptability of screening tests among migrant farmworkers working on the Arizona-Mexico border. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of migrant farmworkers via questionnaire. Of 83 participants interviewed, 53 (63.9%) believed that TB was a serious disease that could result in death and 59 (71.1%) considered TB a health concern in their community. Sixty-four participants (77.1%) rated QFT-GIT test as performing better than TST. Our study demonstrates preference for QFT-GIT results over TST, and highlights migrant farmworkers’ considering themselves at risk of TB and TB as a health concern. Policies that create easy access and culturally appropriate, affordable healthcare for this vulnerable population should be encouraged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-74
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Migration
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography

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    Osuchukwu, O., Nuῆez, M., Packard, S., Ehiri, J., Rosales, C., Hawkins, E., Gerardo Avilés, J. G., Gonzalez-Salazar, F., & Oren, E. (2017). Latent Tuberculosis Infection Screening Acceptability among Migrant Farmworkers. International Migration, 55(5), 62-74.