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Tuberculosis: The Need for Continued Vigilance  

Author:  Ellen R.  Murray, RN, BSN.

Source: Volume 07, Number 03, March/April 2006 , pp.35-37(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Tuberculosis is a communicable disease that affects millions of people around the world and kills approximately 2 million people each year (WHO, 2006). With rapid identification, however, and the initiation of appropriate treatment, TB can be cured. The slow growth of the organism, however, and the length of treatment needed to cure this disease make it a challenge for all concerned. In correctional facilities, the sociability of the disease makes TB an even greater challenge (Anno et al., 2002).

Keywords: tuberculin skin test, Substance abuse, Overcrowding, ventilation, HIV, isoniazid, contact investigation

Affiliations:  1: Southeastern National TB Center.

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