Cincy homeless shelter hit with TB

May 06, 2007

Health officials in Cincinnati are tracking down hundreds of homeless people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis at a downtown shelter.

Seven people have been confirmed as having the disease while as many as 600 others may have been exposed, The Cincinnati Post said Saturday.

The tuberculosis outbreak was first detected in February at the Drop Inn Center, the Queen City's largest homeless shelter. So far, about 200 guests have been tested.

Officials said at a news conference Friday that there was no immediate danger to the general population, but TB could spread in places like shelters and jails and among people with weakened immune systems.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: US warns Ebola could infect 1.4 million by 2015

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Death rate from tuberculosis in homeless alarmingly high: study

Feb 16, 2011

One in five homeless people with tuberculosis die within a year of their diagnosis, according to a study led by St. Michael's Hospital's Dr. Kamran Khan. And that number remains unchanged over the last decade despite recommendations ...

Tuberculosis in Nunavut: a century of failure

Feb 14, 2011

A recent outbreak of tuberculosis in Nunavut, with a population infection rate 62 times the Canadian average, points to a need to rebuild trust in public health to combat the disease, states an editorial published in CMAJ ...

UV lights decrease infectious TB in hospital room air

Mar 17, 2009

The simple intervention of using ultraviolet (UV) lights near the ceiling together with fans may reduce the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in hospitals, and air treatment with negative ionizers may also be effective, according ...

Recommended for you

US warns Ebola could infect 1.4 million by 2015

5 minutes ago

The number of Ebola infections in Liberia and Sierra Leone could skyrocket to 1.4 million by January 2015, according to a worst-case scenario released by US health authorities Tuesday.

Team finds method for more precise diagnosis of pneumonia

28 minutes ago

A patient survives life-threatening trauma, is intubated in the intensive care unit (ICU) to support his or her affected vital functions, starts to recover, and then develops pneumonia. It's a scenario well-known to physicians, ...

Screen women for chlamydia, gonorrhea, experts say

1 hour ago

(HealthDay)—All sexually active women should be screened for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services ...

Noninvasive devices may help migraines, FDA says

2 hours ago

(HealthDay)—Two new prescription devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may provide some relief for people with migraine headaches who don't tolerate migraine medications well, ...

User comments : 0