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New TB testing for Mongolian, others working in Czech Republic PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2008

Czech officials believe new health testing will be mandatory for foreign workers, including Mongolians, coming to work in the central European country. 

Officials have voiced concern about rising tuberculosis cases in recent years. Statistics indicate that the Czech Republic, with an average eight people per 100,000 treated with the illness, remains among the lowest in Europe for TB cases. 

However, a steady climb in TB cases, last year 871 people were diagnosed with TB, has caused officials to demand action. Of last year’s new TB cases, 17.6 percent were diagnosed in foreign workers. 

New rules expected to be put in force will include strict inspection of foreign worker’s health certificates as well as mandatory health screenings once workers have entered the Czech Republic. 

There are 7,515 Mongolians working in the Czech Republic. Vietnam has 51,000 foreign workers in the country. Also, there are sizeable numbers of workers from India and Uzbekistan working in the country.

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