THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

TB test results from New Mexico announced

TB test results from New Mexico announced | Courtesy of cdc.gov

Officials from the New Mexico Department of Health recently announced the test results from the 85 people who were exposed to tuberculosis (TB) by a man with an active infection in Clovis, New Mexico.

Five of the people who were tested showed positive results for non-contagious TB infections, all of whom will be offered treatment by the department. Because of patient privacy laws, the health department is unable to release any additional information concerning the people with positive test results, marking the end of any further updates about the investigation.

The positive results amount to 6 percent of the people who were tested in this investigation. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that TB investigations typically have between 20 and 30 percent of people test positively for an infection.

TB, an airborne disease, is spread from person to person as soon as an infectious person talks, coughs, sings or laughs. It causes two TB conditions: active infectious TB disease and non-contagious TB infections. The active infectious TB disease is considered contagious and can be transmitted through the air to other people. TB is both curable and treatable when the patient receives the proper antibiotics, which can also cause the transmission risk to decrease.

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New Mexico Department of Health 1190 S St Francis Dr Santa Fe, NM 87505

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