Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
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.

Author information

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


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.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Springer Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk