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Volume 8, Number 11—November 2002
Tuberculosis Genotyping

Tuberculosis Genotyping Network, United States

Skin-Test Screening and Tuberculosis Transmission among the Homeless1

Po-Marn Kong*Comments to Author , Jan Tapy*, Patricia Calixto*, William J. Burman*†, Randall R. Reves*†, Zhenhua Yang‡§, and M. Donald Cave‡§
Author affiliations: *Denver Public Health, Denver, Colorado, USA; †University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, USA; ‡Regional Tuberculosis Genotyping Laboratory, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA; §Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA;

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Table 1

Effect of screening program on tuberculin skin testing and treatment of latent tuberculosis among the homeless, Denver Health Tuberculosis Clinic, 1995–1998

Year Tuberculin testing ratioa Tuberculin skin-test positivity (%) Completion of treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (%)
1995 893/3,350 (26.7) 150/893 (17) 7/37 (18.9)
1996 1,799/4,164 (43.2) 267/1,799 (15) 24/83 (28.9)
1997 3,438/4,978 (69.1) 397/3,438 (12) 24/93 (25.8)
1998 3,897/5,792 (67.3) 470/3,897 (12) 22/59 (37.3)

aCompleted tuberculin tests divided by estimated homeless population (tests per 100 persons).

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1 This study was presented in part at the 2001 International Meeting of the American Thoracic Society, San Francisco, California.