Potential benefits and harms of the use of UV radiation in transmission of tuberculosis in South African health facilities

Authors

  • Marang Tebogo Mamahlodi Department of Health Studies, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2019.742

Keywords:

Tuberculosis, germicidal ultraviolet radiation, benefits and, harms and transmission

Abstract

The incidence and prevalence of transmitted Mycobacterium tuberculosis have risen very rapidly in modern society. Environmental control measure such as ultraviolet radiation has been introduced in various health care facilities. This preventative measure has been extensively explored in the medical, legislative and public forums. However, the guidelines and manufacturer’s claims have created controversies, in terms of prevention of cross-transmission of M. tuberculosis in health care facilities. In this article, the authors reviewed the overall benefits and harms associated with the use of ultraviolet radiation in the prevention of M. tuberculosis transmission. The author concluded that there are still existing gaps in proving beyond any reasonable doubt that ultraviolet radiations absolutely prevent the spread of M. tuberculosis in South African health facilities.

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Published

12-06-2019

How to Cite

Mamahlodi, M. T. (2019). Potential benefits and harms of the use of UV radiation in transmission of tuberculosis in South African health facilities. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2019.742

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