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March 2018: TB and prisons  

To mark WHO's World Tuberculosis Day on March 24th, WEPHREN has collected resources on TB and prisons. Thank you to all those who have sent in contributions.

Dr Rueda speaking at the ICRC's 1st Asian and Pacific Conference on Prison Health, Bangkok, Thailand 2017

Dr Zulma Vanessa Rueda is a medical doctor, PhD in Epidemiology, and Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She has conducted extensive research on TB in prisons in Colombia and in this commentary for World TB Day, 24th March 2018, together with Professor Yoav Keynan of the University of Manitoba, she argues for mandatory screening for active and latent TB in prisons. You can access Dr Rueda's commentary on "High Risk for transmission inside prison and to the community" here.


Dr Rueda’s original research can be found below:

Negative latent tuberculosis at time of incarceration: identifying a very high-risk group for infection

High Incidence of Tuberculosis, Low Sensitivity of Current Diagnostic Scheme and Prolonged Culture Positivity in Four Colombian Prisons. A Cohort Study

Sputum induction is a safe procedure to use in prisoners and MGIT is the best culture method to diagnose tuberculosis in prisons: a cohort study

High prevalence and risk factors associated with latent tuberculous infection in two Colombian prisons


You can access further TB themed articles and resources here.