Tuberculosis screening among immigrants holding a hunger strike in churches

Patricia García De Olalla, J. A. Caylà, C. Milá, J. M. Jansà, I. Badosa, A. Ferrer, M. Ros, J. Gómez I Prat, J. M. Armengou, E. Alonso, J. Alcaide

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SETTING: In January 2001, approximately 600 immigrants held a sit-down and hunger strike in several churches in Barcelona to force the Spanish government to comply with demands to regulate their immigration status. Following the diagnosis of a case of smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in one of the immigrants, we performed a large contact investigation. OBJECTIVES: To describe contact investigation procedures used in this setting and to evaluate contact investigation results. METHODS: Demographic variables were collected, and tuberculin skin tests (TST) and chest radiograph examinations were performed. Odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated and logistic regression was used for multivariate analyses. RESULTS: A total of 541 TSTs were performed. Of these, 86% were read and 40.5% yielded a positive reaction with an induration >14 mm. In a multivariate analysis, the risk of presenting a TST induration >14 mm was found to be three times higher among those aged >35 years compared to those

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Issue number12 SUPPL. 3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • Immigrants
  • Tuberculin skin test
  • Tuberculosis screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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García De Olalla, P., Caylà, J. A., Milá, C., Jansà, J. M., Badosa, I., Ferrer, A., ... Alcaide, J. (2003). Tuberculosis screening among immigrants holding a hunger strike in churches. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 7(12 SUPPL. 3).