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J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Aug;15(4):680-5. doi: 10.1007/s10903-012-9692-5.

Intensified case-finding for latent tuberculosis infection among the Baltimore City Hispanic population.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Disease, Center for TB Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1503 East Jefferson St, Room 118, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA. mshah28@jhmi.edu

Abstract

Foreign-born immigrants are at high risk for latent TB infection (LTBI). In conjunction with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), student volunteers conducted intensified LTBI case-finding (ICF) using tuberculin skin testing (TST) in the Hispanic community from 2006-2010. We sought to determine the yield of ICF and estimate the LTBI prevalence. Retrospective cross-sectional study. Among 478 individuals screened, 164 (34.3 %) had a positive TST, 227 (47.5 %) had a negative TST, and 87 (18.2 %) did not return. Among those who completed screening, the prevalence of LTBI was 164/391 (41.9, 95 % CI 0.37-0.47). ICF referrals accounted for 4.4 % of all LTBI referrals to BCHD and for 41 % of referrals among Hispanics. We found a high rate of undiagnosed LTBI within the Hispanic community. This student-run ICF program accounted for almost half of all LTBI cases among Hispanics. Community resources are needed to target this high-risk population.

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