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May 23, 1977

Orleans Parish Prison Still Needs Program for Tuberculosis Control

JAMA. 1977;237(21):2286. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270480026003

To the Editor.—  Are the men and women in the Orleans Parish prison at risk of tuberculosis? Does the prison still need a program for tuberculosis control? We at the New Orleans Health Department, who maintain the program at the prison, examined data from 2,248 prisoners to find out.Our data came from 2,248 men and women who entered the prison in 1974, who accepted tuberculin skin tests, and who stayed in prison long enough (48 hours or more) to have their tests interpreted. Most of these prisoners were young (about 85% were 34 years old or less), most were men, and most were black (Table 1).The tuberculin tests were made when the prisoners arrived, or soon afterward. Tests were done with multiple-puncture tines1 because the authorities refused to permit hypodermic needles and syringes in the prison where the testing was done. Once per week, a team from