Combating Tuberculosis in Disaster Affected Areas: Lesson Learnt from Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis Phenomenon after 8 Years of Tsunami in Aceh

· Article Review, Lung Infection

Tristia Rinanda,1 Mulyadi2

1Bagian Mikrobiologi, Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Syiah Kuala
2Departemen Pulmonologi dan Kedokteran Respirasi, Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Syiah Kuala

The tsunami on December 26, 2004 has provided a tremendous impact for the people of Aceh. One of the real impacts of the disaster was an increase in mortality and morbidity of infectious diseases, one of which is tuberculosis (TB). After eight years of the tsunami we found Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases in Aceh which was quite distressing. This paper will discuss about potential consequences of the tsunami on TB transmission, disease development and potential drug resistant development in the affected areas as well as offer the Active Case Finding (ACF) as an effort in preventing and reducing the morbidity, progression and mortality of TB in the disaster affected areas. (J Respir Indo. 2016; 36: 117-21)

Keywords: Disaster, tuberculosis, active case finding

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