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Free Content Outbreak of tuberculosis in a correctional facility: consequences of missed opportunities [Short Communication]

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Abstract:

In May 2006, the Department of Public Health investigated a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak at a correctional facility after two recently discharged inmates were diagnosed with TB. Based on epidemiological and genotyping data, one infectious patient was determined to be the source of infection for the other. Despite prolonged symptoms and abnormal chest radiographs, the index patient was not diagnosed while incarcerated. Among the estimated 910 exposed inmates tested, 53 (5.8%) had newly positive tuberculin skin tests (TSTs). Ten (2.1%) of 485 corrections staff tested converted their TSTs. This investigation highlights the consequences of missed TB diagnoses in prisons.

Keywords: diagnosis; outbreaks; prisons; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Office of Workforce and Career Development, Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut, USA 2: Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 3: Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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