Tuberculosis reported in Monterey County Jail

Tuberculosis reported in Monterey County Jail


OUTSIDE THE COUNTY JAIL. FELIX: ERIN, TO BE CLEAR, HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE INMATE IS THE ONLY CONFIRMED CASE, BUT PEOPL FROM THE COUNT JAIL TO THE COURTHOUSE MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. A MONTEREY COUNTY INMATE DIAGNOSED WITH ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS HAS TRIGGERED AN INVESTIGATION AND HEALTH WARNING INSIDE THE COUNTY JAIL.>>OF COURSE WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE EMPLOYEES IN THE JAIL, OF COURSE WE ARE CONCERNED ABO THE INMATES THAT ARE THERE. AND WE ARE TAKING THE STEPS TO ADDRESS ANY CONCERNS THEY MIGHT HAVE. FELIX: THE INMATE HAS BEEN ISOLATED, POSSIBLY TO HOME CONFINEMENT, BUT MORE THAN 200 INMATES, JAIL STAFF, AND POSSIBLY COURTHOUSE STAFF MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH THE INFECTED INMATE.>>IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE FIND OUT WHO HAS BEEN EXPOSED, WHO MIGHT HAVE THE BACTERIA AN TREAT THEM. SO RIGHT NOW, WE ARE TESTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED WHO WERE NEARBY, CLOSE ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE INDIVIDUAL. FELIX: COUNTY HEAL OFFICIALS MAKING IT VERY CLEAR, THE INMATE IS THE ONLY CONFIRMED CASE OF TB IN THE JAIL. THE AS A PRECAUTION NURSES HAVE , NOW BEEN PLACED IN THE JAIL FOR ANY STAFF OR INMATE WHO WANTS TO BE SCREENED AND TESTED FOR TUBERCULOSIS.>>I WOULD STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONTACT THE MONTEREY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND REACH OUT TO THEM TO SEE IF THEY , IN FACT, WERE OR POSSIBLY COULD HAVE BEEN, THAT WAY WE CAN FOLLOW UP WITH WHATEVER TESTING AND OR TREATMENT THEY MAY REQUIRE. FELIX: PART OF THE INVESTIGATION WILL TRY TO ANSWER WHY THE INMATE TESTED POSITIVE — WHY THE INMATE DID NOT TEST POSITIVE FOR TUBERCULOSI DURING THE SCREENING COMING INTO THE PRISON. ERIN: THANK YOU.

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