TB Notes Newsletter
No. 1, 2008
TB Education and Training
New Column! - Ask the Experts
The TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN)
Membership Development Workgroup welcomes you to the new TB ETN “Ask
the Experts” column. This column will be a great way to get the
answers to your TB education, training, and communication-related
questions from some of the leading education experts!
Do you have a question about TB education, training,
and communication issues? In each edition of TB Notes, a TB
education and training expert will answer questions about these
issues and topics submitted by TB Notes readers. Just submit your
question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
keep your questions as brief as possible. Please note, we reserve
the right to edit questions.
I am going to our local correctional facility to
provide TB education and training for the officers. They have never
had any TB education or training before.
Are there any good videos I can show them? What
about handouts or other training materials?
According to the Reported Tuberculosis in the United
States, 2006 annual summary, there were 505 TB cases reported in
correctional facilities in 2006. That represents 3.9% of all TB
cases in the United States. Although the overall incidence of new TB
cases among the U.S. population has remained at <10 cases per
100,000 persons since 1993, substantially higher case rates have
been reported in correctional populations. Studies have demonstrated
the prevalence of latent TB infection (LTBI) among inmates to be as
high as 25%, with other studies indicating that transmission
probably occurred in correctional settings. (CDC. Reported
Tuberculosis in the United States, 2006. Atlanta, GA: U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, September 2007; and
Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Correctional and Detention
Facilities: Recommendations from CDC. MMWR 2006; 55 [No.
Issues that you may want to discuss with the
correctional officers include
Basic TB information, such as the difference
between LTBI and active TB disease, symptoms of TB disease,
diagnosis, and treatment
TB screening and testing of inmates and staff,
including when, why, and how
Infection control, including how to protect
themselves and inmates
The importance of maintaining an effective employee TB
screening and testing program to identify ongoing transmission
In addition, you could add a case scenario that perhaps
happened in their facility (if they have one; if not, we would be happy to
share). When training staff, particularly custody staff, it is important to
demonstrate why they need to understand TB. It’s not just a medical issue;
it affects everyone who breathes, including those who “breathe beyond the
bars,” and the communities into which inmates are released.
Video (VHS / DVD) suggestions:
The Texas Department of Health has several videos (now in
DVD format). To order, call 512-458-7447.
Preventing Tuberculosis in Correctional Facilities – 22
Safely Transporting Inmates with Tuberculosis – 14 min.
I Wish I’d Known Then What I Know Now – 9 min.
The New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tuberculosis Control
has a video. To order, call 518-474-4845 or email
Florida Department of Health
CDC pamphlets may be ordered free of charge
on the TB Website
“About Tuberculosis: Precautions for Law Enforcement,
Correctional, Parole, and Probation Personnel” may be purchased from-
Channing Bete Company
One Community Place
South Deerfield, MA 01373-0200
For additional resources, search the
TB Education and Training
For more information about TB in correctional facilities, check
out the following resources:
Note: The authors are not responsible for the content of the
education and training materials mentioned in this article. It is up to the user
to evaluate the materials.
Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination - http://www.cdc.gov/tb
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CDC/Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch
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