TB Thrives Behind Bars

In central and South America, progress against tuberculosis is reversing for reasons not fully understood–-but it’s clear the scourge is increasingly concentrated in the region’s prisons. 

Since 2000, TB has swelled in the population by 206%.

From 2011–2017, TB case notifications among the incarcerated quadrupled in central America and more than doubled in South America. 
 
In central and South America, 11% of all notified TB cases occur among incarcerated individuals, who make up less than 1% of the population.
 
This is not only a health and human rights issue, but it undermines broader efforts to fight the disease and demands global attention, the authors warn.
 
The Lancet

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