Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, August 23rd, 2005
In a recently published study, investigators in Brazil determined "the prevalence of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and assessed the performance of several screening strategies in a prison (1171 male inmates) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."
"In a cross-sectional study, all inmates underwent chest radiographic screening. Subjects with abnormal findings underwent sputum smear examination and sputum culture. Taking this strategy as the reference, we assessed three targeted screening strategies to identify TB suspects: Strategy 1: cough >3 weeks; Strategy 2: WHO score...
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