Mindra G, Wortham JM, Haddad MB, Salinas JL, Powell KM, Armstrong LR. Tuberculosis Among Incarcerated Hispanic Persons in the United States, 1993-2014. Journal of immigrant and minority health. 2017 Dec;19(19). 982-986. PMID: 27900592 [PubMed]
We examined the National tuberculosis surveillance system to describe Hispanic persons who were incarcerated at time of tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis and to compare their characteristics with those of non-Hispanic incarcerated TB patients. After declines between 1993 and 2002, the annual proportion of Hispanic TB patients who were incarcerated grew from 4.9% in 2003 to 8.4% in 2014. During 2003-2014, 19% of incarcerated US-born TB patients were Hispanic, and 86% of the foreign-born were Hispanic. Most incarcerated TB patients were in local jails, but about a third of all foreign-born Hispanics were in the facility category that includes Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. Foreign birth and recent U.S. arrival characterized many Hispanic persons receiving a TB diagnosis while incarcerated. Hispanic patients had twice the odds of being in federal prisons. Systematic efforts to identify TB infection and disease might lead to early diagnoses and prevention of future cases.