Berlin - In the past four years, 71 tuberculosis diseases have already been diagnosed in Berlin prisons during the admission examinations. This emerges from response from the health administration to request from the AfD to the House of Representatives. The figures relate to the years 2015 to 2019 and were determined by the State Office for Health and Social Affairs.
The last time an inmate suffered from tuberculosis (TB) was in September in the Heidering prison in Berlin (Teltow-Fläming). known. It is likely that he was already infected, but his illness was not recognized when he was admitted. The patient is now being treated in the prison hospital in Berlin. Because of the risk of infection, inmates and prison staff were given the opportunity to be examined for tuberculosis.
A longer one According to the Robert Koch Institute (), close contact is often prerequisite for infection with tuberculosis. Prison inmates are therefore considered to be group with an increased risk of infection. In nationwide RKI study published in March 2018, 41 percent of 97 penal institutions examined were supplied with drugs against tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis is still an issue outside of prisons. According to the RKI, around 276 cases have been reported in the state of Berlin this year alone. In 2018 there were 320 cases in the capital and around 4,330 cases nationwide.