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23% of NY Prisoners Test Positive for TB

Twenty-three percent of New York's prisoners and six percent of the prison employees have tested positive for tuberculosis infection, according to the most thorough study to date.

Thomas A. Coughlin, the Commissioner of Correctional Services, released the data. The tests included nearly all prison personnel and prisoners. Of the 55,000 prisoners tested, 12,530 showed positive results, meaning that they had been exposed to the bacteria that cause TB.

Of the 20,000 employees tested, 1,736 had positive results.
New York Times

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