Trends in tuberculosis notification and treatment outcomes in prisons: a country-wide assessment in El Salvador from 2009 – 2014

Describes trends in tuberculosis (TB) notification and treatment outcomes in 25 prisons in El Salvador

Abstract

Authors conclude that findings show that TB notification increased exponentially since introduction of the intervention package and that excellent treatment outcomes were sustained. Both are of vital relevance to countries striving for TB elimination. Notification might be improved further by providing systematic TB screening upon prison entry and periodically thereafter. Furthermore, previously-treated TB patients should receive prioritized screening for drug resistance.

This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development’s Operational Research Capacity Building Programme led by the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)

Citation

Ayala G, Garay J, Aragon M, Decroo T, Zachariah R. Trends in tuberculosis notification and treatment outcomes in prisons: a country-wide assessment in El Salvador from 2009–2014. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2016;39(1):38–43.

Trends in tuberculosis notification and treatment outcomes in prisons: a country-wide assessment in El Salvador from 2009 – 2014

Published 1 January 2016