tuberculosis

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12:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

TB Screenings Stepped Up At Prison After Two Former Inmates Are Diagnosed

Howard Young Correctional Institution
Credit doc.delaware.gov

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Department of Correction officials are speeding up annual tuberculosis screenings after two former inmates at Howard Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington tested positive for the infectious disease.

Officials announced Thursday that inmate screenings are expected to start this week after the two former inmates were diagnosed with active tuberculosis. Department spokesman John Painter says testing is available for staff as needed or requested.

The disease usually infects the lungs and can be spread through coughing, sneezing or talking.

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12:19 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

TB Shows Up At James M. Bennet High School

James M. Bennett High School
Credit Becker, Morgan Group

A student at James M. Bennett High School has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Students and employees were notified yesterday by Wicomico County School Superintendent John Frederickson and the district is offering testing for disease to students and staff.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the affected student has not been identified but is under medical care.

TB is normally contract at least 8 hours after close contact in a small room with the infected person.

The air is only contagious when the untreated person is actually present.

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