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Hundreds of inmates test positive for TB

October 11, 2005

Pelham - Tuberculosis is a contagious respiratory disease spread through the air from one person to another. Late last month, an inmate at Autry came down with symptoms of TB, and is now being treated for tuberculosis at Augusta State Medical Prison.

All other inmates were tested. 238 inmates and 13 employees tested positive for the bacteria, but they do not have active TB cases.

Millie Reeves, P. A. says, "We see clusters of cases like this, we don't see it that often, fortunately, but we do see it and what we do is try to look at the cases that have been converted, and try to figure out where they have been infected or who has infected them and try to find the source case."

The inmates who tested positive have been offered treatment so they will not develop symptoms. Employees have been referred to the Health Department.

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. People who are not sick have what is called latent TB infection. They cannot spread TB to others.

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