Healthcare worker diagnosed with TB

Apr 18, 2008

The New Mexico Department of Health is screening 250 people for tuberculosis after a healthcare worker was diagnosed with the disease.

The testing is being conducted in Albuquerque and Clovis, N.M., on those who may have been exposed to TB through contact with the unidentified healthcare worker, the agency said Wednesday in a release.

Federal and state patient privacy laws prohibit the health department from releasing the name of the person or identifying information.

"We know who was potentially exposed to TB in this case, and we will be in touch with you if we think you need to be tested," Dr. Marcos Burgos said in a statement. "We are contacting individuals who may have been exposed so we can treat them if they are infected."

The health department has already tested 73 people for the disease. So far, no one has been infected, officials said.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: UN warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Malaria transmission linked to mosquitoes' sexual biology

17 minutes ago

Sexual biology may be the key to uncovering why Anopheles mosquitoes are unique in their ability to transmit malaria to humans, according to researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and University of Per ...

Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA interference

17 minutes ago

Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world. Since they do not have natural enemies in most potato producing regions, farmers try to control them with pesticides. However, this ...

Recommended for you

Global Ebola conference seeks end to W.Africa outbreak

16 minutes ago

Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in west Africa will attend an international conference in Brussels Tuesday to mobilise a final push to end the outbreak and ensure the delivery of nearly $5 billion in aid pledges.

The hidden burden of dengue fever in West Africa

10 hours ago

Misdiagnosis of febrile illnesses as malaria is a continuing problem in Africa. A new study shows that in Ghana, dengue fever is circulating in urban areas and going undiagnosed. The authors of the study hope to use the findings ...

Teenager with stroke symptoms actually had Lyme disease

10 hours ago

A Swiss teenager, recently returned home from a discotheque, came to the emergency department with classic sudden symptoms of stroke, only to be diagnosed with Lyme disease. The highly unusual case presentation was published ...

Understanding lung disease in aboriginal Australians

11 hours ago

A new study has confirmed that Aboriginal Australians have low forced vital capacity—or the amount of air that can be forcibly exhaled from the lungs after taking the deepest breath possible. The finding may account for ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.