SACRAMENTO COUNTY: Infected Inmate Prompts TB Testing
After discovering that an inmate had active TB while held at the county's main jail between Oct. 27 and Nov. 30 of last year, Sacramento County health officials are urging all men incarcerated in the county's main jail last fall and all jail employees to be tested for tuberculosis, the Sacramento Bee reports. To date, health officials have administered more than 4,000 TB skin tests; 50 people have tested positive for the air-borne disease, but no one has developed active TB. County Health Officer Dr. Glennah Trochet said, "A good-faith effort has been made to reach everyone who might have had contact with the inmate. However, it appears that some employees, contractors or former inmates may not have received the information." Screening and evaluation is available at the Sacramento County Chest Clinic (Montano, 2/7).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.