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Refusal of TB Test on Religious Grounds Discussed

The plaintiff refused a PPD on religious (MOVE) grounds and was placed in administrative custody and kept there even after he submitted to a chest x-ray, which was negative.

There is no evidence that MOVE is actually a religion (and the Third Circuit has previously held it is not). Even if it is a religion and avoiding piercing the skin is a central tenet of it, the PPD requirement and isolation for refusing it meet the Turner standard. Prisons are high-risk environments for tuberculosis and it is legitimate to try to prevent its transmission. Skin testing is more effective than chest x-rays in detecting it.

The plaintiff did not respond to defendants' summary judgment motion. See: Africa v. Horn, 998 F.Supp. 557 (E.D.Pa. 1998).

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