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Volume 101, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

Abstract.

We aimed to investigate the epidemic situation of tuberculosis (TB) in prisons in the central region of China. Tuberculosis screening was carried out in two prisons in middle China. A sum of 3,459 prisoners accepted chest X-ray examination; 40 of them were diagnosed as active TB patients. The active TB prevalence (1,156/10) was significantly higher than that of the province and China’s general population ( < 0.01). As for gender, TB prevalence in men’s prison (1,589/10) was higher than that in the women’s prison (946/10). Nevertheless, the risk of having TB in women’s prison was much higher than that in the men’s prison when compared with the TB prevalence from the province (women: OR = 2.37, 95% CI: 1.34, 4.22; men: OR = 1.53, 95% CI: 0.90, 2.60) and the China’s general population (women: OR = 3.30, 95% CI: 2.15, 5.09; men: OR = 2.06, 95% CI: 1.29, 3.30). In view of the severe epidemic situation of TB in prisons, integrating medical resources to establish a consummate and effective management system is necessary.

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  • Received : 15 Dec 2018
  • Accepted : 13 May 2019
  • Published online : 08 Jul 2019
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