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Infected and Imprisoned: Tuberculosis in a Siberian Jail [Slide Show]

The plight of inmates with TB in Russia's Tomsk Province

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SANATORIUM:

It's afternoon in a prison TB ward. After treatment is completed, inmates will return to the assigned prison units.....[ More ]

READY TO WORK AGAIN:

The prison bakery where some tubercular patients that are on the mend come to work.....[ More ]

POWER OF PRAYER?:

The icon-filled Orthodox Christian chapel in the Tomsk prison hospital. Perhaps convicts with TB come here to pray for recovery from the disease.....[ More ]

SUITED UP:

Doctors take special precautions when treating patients in the MDR wards. MDR-TB is not more contagious that regular, so-called susceptible TB, but caregivers especially wish to avoid contracting a contagious disease that may take two years to fight off with drugs.....[ More ]

HANGING ON:

A man isolated from other inmates in the MDR-TB wing at the Tomsk prison hospital system. Treatment for this difficult-to-eradicate form of TB can take up to two years.....[ More ]

PASSING THE TIME:

Many patient–inmates spend their days watching television. They jumped to their feet when the prison doctor stuck his head in the door.....[ More ]

PRISONER’S PERSPECTIVE:

Some prisoners have multidrug resistant (MDR) TB which often requires an injectable antibiotic to treat. To get their daily shots, prisoners must stick their arms through the bars.....[ More ]

ABANDON ALL HOPE?:

The entrance to a jailhouse in the Russian city of Tomsk. Many inmates suffer from tuberculosis (TB) infections.....[ More ]

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