2012-08-15 / Health

TB cases are no threat, health department says

A health department administrator says three cases of tuberculosis found in Letcher County are not a threat to the general public.

Libby Banks, nursing administrator for the Kentucky River District Health Department, said an inmate in the Letcher County Jail tested positive for tuberculosis about two weeks ago and was taken to a medical facility located outside the county.

Two other people, who were not in the jail, tested positive for tuberculosis and had been taking medicine since April and are not contagious, said Banks.

Banks said jail inmates and others who came in contact with the three people were tested for tuberculosis and so far there have been no more active cases.

Although those three cases were recently active, there are no active cases in Letcher County at this time, said Banks.

“No threat to the general public at this point,” said Banks.

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