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Why would someone born in the Netherlands get a false positive on a PPD TB test?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Usually unknown

The reasons for false positive PPD are unknown.
There is speculation that it could sometimes result from past infections with various TB-like bacteria. Such infections aren't very common, but they are equally frequent in the Netherlands as anywhere else. As long as the tested person is outwardly healthy and definitely does not have tuberculosis, this is nothing to worry about.

In brief: Usually unknown

The reasons for false positive PPD are unknown.
There is speculation that it could sometimes result from past infections with various TB-like bacteria. Such infections aren't very common, but they are equally frequent in the Netherlands as anywhere else. As long as the tested person is outwardly healthy and definitely does not have tuberculosis, this is nothing to worry about.
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