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June 8, 2005

Tuberculosis in Incarcerated Youth in Texas

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(22):2713-2717. doi:10.1001/jama.293.22.2716

To the Editor: Incarcerated youth are said to be at high risk for tuberculosis (TB) infection,1 but this population has not been well studied. Guidelines recommend that only youth meeting specific new screening criteria be tested for TB.2 In a group of incarcerated adolescents, we determined the number of cases of active TB disease and latent TB infection (LTBI), risk factors for infection, and documented compliance with therapy after release.

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