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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2018, 6(2), 125-129
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-6-2-17
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Silicosis-Associated Tuberculosis: Management and Control

Attapon Cheepsattayakorn1, 2, and Ruangrong Cheepsattayakorn3, 4

1Chief Guest Editor, Special Issue ¡°Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases Among Silica and Other Dust Exposed Workers¡±, American Journal of Public Health Research

210th Zonal Tuberculosis and Chest Disease Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand;Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

3Guest Editor, Special Issue ¡°Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases Among Silica and Other Dust Exposed Workers¡±, American Journal of Public Health Research

4Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pub. Date: April 03, 2018

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Attapon Cheepsattayakorn and Ruangrong Cheepsattayakorn. Silicosis-Associated Tuberculosis: Management and Control. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2018; 6(2):125-129. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-6-2-17


Silica-associated diseases, including tuberculosis and other related diseases, such as COPD, lung cancer, autoimmune diseases, renal diseases, etc. remain an important public health concern in the 21th century. Silica exposures and silicosis increase the risk of active tuberculosis development by approximately 30-40 times, compared to populations without silica exposure. Workers with periods of silica exposure longer than 10 years should be provided tuberculosis chemoprophylaxis. Although evidences of silicosis are not detected, the risk of active tuberculosis can increase. However, further studies are urgently needed to identify the best chemoprophylaxis regimen for tuberculosis.

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