Arizona: Officials Said Inmate With TB May Have Exposed 300 Others
June 10, 2003
A prisoner at Maricopa County Jail, Phoenix, Ariz., with tuberculosis is suspected of infecting another inmate and may have exposed 300 others. Workers are still trying to determine the extent of the exposure, said Doug Hauth, spokesperson for the Maricopa County Health Department. The man was housed in Tent City and participated in a work program that allowed him to report to work during the day and return to jail at night. The man was hospitalized and removed from the general population on May 29 when he became ill. His TB test came back positive on June 3. The second patient was also among work program participants who stayed in Tent City and slept near the first patient, officials said. His test has not yet come back. He has been isolated, Hauth said.Adapted from:
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