Duluth, Minn., Resident Tests Positive for TB
January 3, 2003
A Duluth, Minn., resident who had close contact with a local doctor infected with TB has tested positive for exposure to the disease, according to the St. Louis County Health Department. The department began tests last week after it confirmed that Dr. Okechukwu Iwu of the St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System had developed an active and contagious form of TB. Five people who had close contact with Iwu were tested last week. Health Department epidemiologist Larry Sundberg confirmed that one individual -- who was not one of the doctor's patients -- had tested positive for TB. Tests will begin soon on 56 patients who were exposed to Iwu and are most at risk for contracting TB. Of those who have been targeted for testing, 14 are in Wisconsin, Illinois and California.Adapted from:
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
01.03.03; Glenn Howatt
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