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Volume 15, Number 7—July 2009

Dispatch

Latent Tuberculosis and Active Tuberculosis Disease Rates among the Homeless, New York, New York, USA, 1992–2006

John M. McAdam, Scott J. Bucher, Philip W. BricknerComments to Author , Richard L. Vincent, and Steven Lascher
Author affiliations: St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA (J.M. McAdam, S.J. Bucher, P.W. Brickner, R.L. Vincent, S. Lascher); New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, USA (J.M. McAdam, P.W. Brickner); Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center, New York (S. Lascher)

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Table 2

Results of TB screenings, New York, NY, USA, January 1992–June 2006*

TB screening status No. (%)
Noncompliant with skin test reading 3,273 (NA)†
TST– 17,368 (60.4)
TST+ 3,597 (12.5)
TST+ by history 7,788 (27.1)
Active TB 63 (<1.0)
Anergic‡
19 (<1.0)
Total completing evaluation 28,835 (100.0)

*TB, tuberculosis; TST, tuberculin skin testing; NA, not applicable.
†The denominator includes all those persons for whom TST status
became known. Those noncompliant with TST interpretation have not
been included. Thus, in the Technical Appendix Table 4, the percentage of
such persons is NA.
‡No reaction to TST, mumps virus, Candida spp.

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