Why TB patient has life ban in Dubai

What is tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease usually affecting the lungs (pulmonary TB). Other parts of the body can also be affected, for example lymph nodes, kidneys, bones, joints, etc. (extrapulmonary TB).

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Who gets tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis can affect anyone of any age. People with weakened immune systems are at increased risk.

How is tuberculosis spread?

Tuberculosis is spread through the air when a person with untreated pulmonary TB coughs or sneezes. Prolonged exposure to a person with untreated TB usually is necessary for infection to occur.

What is the difference between latent tuberculosis infection and tuberculosis disease?

Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) means the person has the TB germ in their body (usually lungs), but has yet to develop obvious symptoms. In latent TB, the person has a significant reaction to the Mantoux skin test with no symptoms of tuberculosis, and no TB organisms found in the sputum. Tuberculosis disease indicates the person has symptoms, a significant reaction to a Mantoux skin test and organisms found in the sputum. In order to spread the TB germs, a person must have TB disease. Having latent TB infection is not enough to spread the germ. Tuberculosis may last for a lifetime as an infection, never developing into disease.

What are the symptoms of tuberculosis?

The symptoms of TB include a low-grade fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss and a persistent cough. Some people may not have obvious symptoms.
How soon do symptoms appear?

Most people infected with the germ that causes TB never develop active TB. If active TB does develop, it can occur two to three months after infection or years later. The risk of active disease lessens as time passes.

When and for how long is a person able to spread tuberculosis?
A person with TB disease may remain contagious until he/she has been on appropriate treatment for several weeks. However, a person with latent TB infection, but not disease, cannot spread the infection to others, since there are no TB germs in the sputum.

What is the treatment for tuberculosis?

People with latent TB infection should be evaluated for a course of preventive therapy, which usually includes taking anti-tuberculosis medication for several months. People with active TB disease must complete a course of treatment for six months or more. Initial treatment includes at least four anti-TB drugs, and medications may be altered based on laboratory test results. The exact medication plan must be determined by a physician. Directly observed therapy (DOT) programs are recommended for all TB patients to help them complete their therapy.

What can be the effect of not being treated for tuberculosis?

In addition to spreading the disease to others, an untreated person may become severely ill or die.

What can be done to prevent the spread of tuberculosis?

The most important way to stop the spread of tuberculosis is for TB patients to cover the mouth and nose when coughing, and to take all the TB medicine exactly as prescribed by the physician.

What is multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)?

This refers to the ability of some strains of TB to grow and multiply even in the presence of certain drugs which would normally kill them.
What is extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)?

Extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) is a subset of MDR-TB in which the strains of TB bacteria are resistant to several of the best second-line drugs for TB. These strains are very difficult to treat. XDR-TB cases make up approximately 10 percent of MDR-TB cases.

Who gets MDR-TB?

TB patients with drug sensitive disease may develop drug resistant tuberculosis if they fail to take anti-tuberculosis medications as prescribed, as well as TB patients who have been prescribed an ineffective treatment plan. TB cases diseased with MDR-TB can transmit the drug resistant infection to other individuals.

What is the treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis?

For patients with disease due to drug resistant organisms, expert consultation from a specialist in treating drug resistant TB should be obtained. Patienhts with drug resistant disease should be treated with drugs to which their organisms are susceptible. The effectiveness of treatment for latent infection with MDR-TB is uncertain.

What can be done to prevent the spread of MDR-TB?

Ensuring people with MDR-TB take all their medication and teaching patients to cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing can reduce the risk of spread of MDR-TB. In addition, directly observed therapy should be used to ensure patients complete the recommended course of therapy.


104 thoughts on “Why TB patient has life ban in Dubai

  1. Interesting! I saw that you liked my blog, so I came by to check out yours! (Thank you!) I have never been to Dubai, and it is always interesting to learn about ways of life and customs in other cultures. My son was born in France and was vaccinated for TB there. When we moved to the U.S., because he was born abroad, he had to be tested for TB when he was about 9 years old – for school entry regulations. The test came out positive (I think because of the vaccination). In any case, we were obligated to give him a 6-9 month preventive treatment of antibiotics, as the local health dept. considered that he had a latent form of the disease. Even to enter college in the US if foreign-born, you must submit to a TB test.

  2. great information which every person knows. But do you that UAE is doing discrimination against the people who has only lungs scars. All lungs scars are not related to TB. . UAE just deport people who has lung scars saying old TB scars. Is this what they are doing is correct? Can any UAE doctors prove that all lung scar are due to TB and not due to any other things.
    UAE is doing Total fraud in the name of TB.

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  5. I have been reading a lot of online forums where past TB sufferers have been deported from Dubai. I am in the process of securing a job in Dubai,however I had PTB 16 years ago in the UK which was treated & since then then I have been fully cured. I am not sure if my Lungs have any scars or not, need to check them by having an Xray, if any Scars to appear should I kiss goodbye to any prospects of working in dubai or do they have further tests ( I believe IGRA test will come out +ve) or do they consider reports from UK doctors which show that I dont have any active form of TB. If no scars xray appear should I abstain from disclosing that I suffered TB in the past? I know its a lie, which I dont want to say…your advise on the topic will be appreciated

    • Yes dear, here locals are scare of TB, but make sure you have the document stating your TB has been cured and as per my knowledge scars will be there for a life time. Make sure you TB is not active at current stage…….and best of luck

  6. My visa was cancelled due to old TB scar in my chest and came back home after giving 3rd medical test at Muhaisnah. They didn’t deport me and told to come back after treatment. I never had TB and the doctors in my country declared me fit. Now I am coming again with no TB and no infection but I’ve heard that the scars remains throughout the life if they are present in lungs and can’t be removed even by surgery. So please tell me that what can I do if I don’t have TB but only scars because they don’t give visa to newcomers if have no TB but only scars that are minor and not visible in Xray if done in my country but Dubai has sensitive machines and they detect everything. I am too much disgusted..Is there anything to do under the table? OR I can get my visa through proper way. Please do let me know and reply me at asimrafique321@gmail.com

    • Respected sir,
      I m from INDIA .I have same problem as that of u. I went to dubai.and embasy sent.me back to india bcz I got lungs scares .and i allso checked it from internation authorised dooctor .he told.me that I had have nothing like lungs problem.I have also visited to dubai 2 times. That time embasy had not objection.
      Now I have no solution for this problem .
      Kindly suggest me for this problem.
      I wil be thankful to u
      Kulwinder singh
      From INdia

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  9. im a nurse, i went to dubai to be with my wife but sadly i was deported because of old tb scar…i would like to share some of may knowledge in tb..1st tb is contagious/infectious but if the patient took the medicine for 2 weeks consistently(everyday without fail) without any substance(drugs/alcohol) that can alter the effect of the medicine the patient will be non-infectious..to verify if the patient is not infectious we have a test called AFB ..Usually it would take 6-9 months for the treatment of tb so strict compliance is needed to prevent the disease to occur. After long treatment AFB should be done and chest xray to compare from the previous xray to note if there is a changes on the scar…the chances of recurrent of tb (pt previous expose completed the treatment) is the same for the people that didn’t have tb, For some countries their are require every 6 months for check up..This is based on studies that we have done and facts.. Regarding this statement all of the doctors will agree especially the one who studies/specialties tuberculosis….with the law of DUBAI to deport people with TB and with old tb scar (cured people) …. Expats at DUBAI having TB are scared of getting deported and band for whole life so the result instead of having the proper medical attention they need is THEY SPREAD THE DISEASE…

    You may also read this http://www.weeklyblitz.net/2013/08/a-real-story-of-a-victim-of-dubai/

    Officials in Abu Dhabi say they are watching Dubai closely, and would also support a change.
    Under federal law, any expatriate who tests positive for the infectious disease must be deported.
    Dubai is now considering opting out of this law.

    Dr Ali al Marzouqi, the head of public health and safety at the Dubai Health Authority, said all the health authorities were in agreement that the law was outdated and drove cases underground. “Everyone agrees,” he said.
    from: http://www.abudhabimed.com/Media-Centre/Press-Releases/PressRelease8/

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  10. because of this irrational law i was separated with my wife….a newly wed couple with lots of dreams building them together was all gone….

    and to all the doctors pls read this a simple sentence from the Hippocratic Oath…

    “I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and INJUSTICE”.

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