Outbreak of tuberculosis linked to a source case imprisoned during treatment. Should the courts tell GPs about prison sentences and should GPs tell prison doctors about medical diagnoses?


1. In December 1996, a 25-year-old remand prisoner had haemoptysis. Police contacted the communicable disease doctor on call who arranged for him to be seen at a hospital chest clinic where open pulmonary tuberculosis was diagnosed by radiography and sputum culture. He was notified and commenced on anti-TB therapy, prescribed and supervised by the chest… (More)