Date Published: December 21, 2010
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract: The PLoS Medicine editors discuss the persistent problem of tuberculosis in prisons around the world and how it affects the health of inmates and the community outside.
Partial Text: The scourge of tuberculosis (TB) in prisons remains a persistent problem; rates among inmates remain much higher—from 5 to up to 50 times—than those of national averages across both the developed and the developing world –, and the situation may be worsening in some regions. In Europe and Central Asian countries, recent research has shown a clear relationship between the rate of growth of prison populations and the increased incidence of TB and multidrug-resistant TB . And at a recent meeting on TB/HIV in the WHO European Region that focused on integrating treatment of these diseases , Diane Havlir, chair of the Stop TB Partnership’s TB/HIV Working Group, opened proceedings by asking “What about prisons? Mandatory hospitalization for drug-susceptible TB? We need a debate about these things and to make improvements.”