Drug-susceptible tuberculosis outbreak in a state correctional facility housing HIV-infected inmates--South Carolina, 1999-2000

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2000 Nov 24;49(46):1041-4.


During 1999-2000, South Carolina's Department of Corrections (SCDC), Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and CDC investigated an outbreak of drug-susceptible tuberculosis (TB) that occurred in a state correctional facility housing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected inmates. All culture-confirmed case-patients have been linked by IS6110-based DNA fingerprinting of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates. This report describes the outbreak investigation and illustrates the need for increased vigilance for TB in settings in which HIV-infected persons congregate.

MeSH terms

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / epidemiology*
  • Adult
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • HIV Infections / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / genetics
  • Prisons*
  • South Carolina / epidemiology
  • Tuberculosis / epidemiology*