Prison and TB

Using longitudinal TB and cross-sectional multidrug-resistant TB data for 26 eastern European and central Asian countries, we examined whether and to what degree increases in incarceration account for differences in population TB and multidrug-resistant TB burdens.

We find that each percentage point increase in incarceration rates relates to an increased TB incidence of 0.34%.

Net increases in incarceration account for a 20.5% increase in TB incidence or nearly three-fifths of the average total increase in TB incidence in the countries studied from 1991 to 2002.

The paper (gated) is here.

by datacharmer | Wednesday, September 03, 2008
  , | | Prison and TB @bluematterblogtwitter