Correctional Facilities

Effective TB prevention and control measures in correctional facilities include:

  • ¬†Early identification of persons with TB disease through entry and periodic follow-up screening;
  • Successful treatment of TB disease and latent TB infection;
  • ¬†Appropriate use of airborne precautions (e.g., airborne infection isolation, environmental controls, and respiratory protection);
  • ¬†Comprehensive discharge planning; and
  • Thorough and efficient contact investigations when a TB case has been identified.

These measures should be instituted in close collaboration with local or state health department TB-control programs and other key partners. Continuing education of inmates, detainees, and correctional facility staff is necessary to maximize cooperation and participation. To ensure TB prevention and control measures are effective, periodic program evaluation should be conducted.

National Tuberculosis Controllers Association CorrectTB

Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center: Corrections Resources