Central European Journal of Medicine

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 283–285 | Cite as

The incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis among the homeless in north-eastern Poland

  • Jerzy Romaszko
  • Adam Buciński
  • Robert Kuchta
  • Krzysztof Bednarski
  • Magdalena Zakrzewska
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Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease particularly affecting the poorest socioeconomic groups. One such group in Central Europe are the homeless. We developed a prevention programme that targets, among others, homeless individuals in Warmia and Mazury Province (in the northeast of Poland). We investigated 121 homeless persons. We performed surveys, X-rays and microbiological tests of the sputum for TB. Five cases of pulmonary TB were found. The prevalence of TB in this community was estimated at 4132 per 100,000 (4.13%). Efficient TB control justifies continued prevention programmes aimed at the systematic monitoring of the homeless population.


Tuberculosis homelessness poverty risk groups Poland 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerzy Romaszko
    • 1
  • Adam Buciński
    • 2
  • Robert Kuchta
    • 3
  • Krzysztof Bednarski
    • 4
  • Magdalena Zakrzewska
    • 4
  1. 1.NZOZ Pantamed LtdOlsztynPoland
  2. 2.Department of Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Collegium MedicumNicolaus Copernicus UniversityTorun, BydgoszczPoland
  3. 3.Municipal Centre of Social AssistanceShelter for the HomelessOlsztynPoland
  4. 4.Independent Public Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases UnitOlsztynPoland

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