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TB Still Widespread with Inmates

TB still a widespread problem among inmates, USA

10 Oct 2005

Despite some improvements in tuberculosis infection control in prisons and jails, TB infection remains a troubling health problem.

A study of U.S. surveillance data from 1993-2003 showed 3.7 percent of all TB cases were reported within the correctional system. TB case rates for federal and state prisons were 29.4 and 24.3 per 100,000, respectively, compared to 6.7 per 100,000 in the general population. Inmates with TB also are more likely than the general population to forgo treatment, according to the study.

(From: �An Unanswered Health Disparity: TB Among Correctional Inmates: 1993-2003.� Jessica MacNeil, MPH, Massachusetts Department of Public Health)

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