'Know Your Epidemic': Are Prisons a Potential Barrier to TB Elimination in an Australian Context?
Nompilo Moyo, Ee Laine Tay, Justin Denholm
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease | MDPI | Published : 2018
Globally, rates of tuberculosis (TB) cases in prisons are substantially higher than in the general population. The goal of this study was to review TB notifications in Victorian correctional facilities, and consider whether additional interventions towards TB elimination may be useful in this setting. All patients who were notified with or treated for TB in the Australian state of Victoria from 1 January 2003 to 1 December 2017 were included in this study. Descriptive analysis was performed. Demographic and treatment outcome data for individuals with and without a history of incarceration were reviewed and compared. Of the 5645 TB cases notified during the study period, 26 (0.5%) had a histo..View full abstract