Australian Embassy

Important News: Tuberculosis warning for international students

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​​​International students are 10 times more likely to develop tuberculosis than people born in Australia.

If you are from a country in Asia, Africa, the Indian sub-continent, South America or Eastern Europe it’s likely you have been exposed to it and are at a higher risk of being infected and getting sick from tuberculosis.

It is an infectious disease that affects the lungs, other organs and bones. It can be cured with medication but it can be fatal if left untreated.

Around 14 million people have active tuberculosis and about one third of the world's population has a latent or silent tuberculosis infection.

For more information, please visit the DIBP website at:


Page last updated 19 February 2016