Research Article: The Health Crisis of Tuberculosis in Prisons Extends beyond the Prison Walls

Date Published: December 21, 2010

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): unknown

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 [1]–[5], 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 [6]. And at a recent meeting on TB/HIV in the WHO European Region that focused on integrating treatment of these diseases [7], 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.”



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