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P219 Screening for active tuberculosis in an urban shelter for homeless in Switzerland: a prospective study

Y.-L. Jackson; T. Wuillemin; D. Adler; J.-P. Janssens
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1Primary Care Medicine

2Department of Medical Specialities, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland


Copyright 2017, American College of Chest Physicians and Swiss Respiratory Society SGP. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2017;151(5_S):A118. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2017.04.125
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Introduction: Whereas high risk groups such as asylum seekers are systematically screened for tuberculosis (TB) upon entry in Switzerland, this strategy does not apply to homeless despite a potentially elevated risk of TB. Geneva City Social Services operate shelters for homeless each winter. Shelters are underground facilities with 10 to 20-bed rooms. Every year, ≈ 1000 persons are accommodated. Geneva Health and Social Authorities implemented a collaborative project to screen for active TB in homeless. We aimed to assess 1/acceptability of the screening program and 2/prevalence of TB in this group.

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