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    Hundreds may face TB exposure in Okla.

    By TIM TALLEY, Associated Press Writer
    Mon Sep 18, 7:29 PM ET

    Hundreds of patients and hospital workers may have been exposed to tuberculosis by a health care worker sick with the airborne disease, and at least 10 people have caught it, public health officials said Monday.

    A letter sent to about 1,650 patients and 350 workers at Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City warned of their potential exposure and urged them to get skin tests to determine whether they were infected, said Dr. Gene Claflin, medical director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. About 250 members of the general public have also been alerted.

    The disease was diagnosed in at least 10 people among the 600 people who have been tested so far, including all of the hospital employees, said Mary Spinner, administrator of the tuberculosis program for the agency. Spinner said she expects the number to rise as more people are tested.

    "They have a right to know about their exposure. Then they have a right to an evaluation," she said. Notification and testing is being conducted by the City-County Health Department.

    Spinner said tests are needed only by people who shared the same air space with the infected worker, not friends, relatives and acquaintances of those who received letters.

    The employee, who was not identified, was found to have the disease Aug. 14 but reported experiencing symptoms six months earlier, officials said. TB primarily affects the lungs, and symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, low-grade fever, chills and possible weight loss.

    The health care worker was a woman who worked on several floors of the hospital, but authorities, citing privacy rights, declined to reveal her job title or say how frequently she had contact with patients. She has not worked at the hospital since her condition was diagnosed.

    "There have been multiple people exposed to this individual," said Dr. David Chansolme, medical director of hospital epidemiology and employee health. "We have identified a number of people who have had potential exposures."

    The disease is spread by germs that float in the air when an infected persons coughs, shouts or sneezes and are inhaled by others. Last year there were 144 confirmed cases of TB in the state, officials said. In 2003, 28 percent of all TB cases in the state occurred in Oklahoma County.

    Chansolme said that tuberculosis is a slowly developing disease and that it can take years for an exposed person to become ill. TB is "a very treatable disease," Chansolme said. But it can be fatal if left untreated and kills nearly 2 million people worldwide each year, according to the Mayo Clinic's Web site.

    A vaccine is available and has proven effective, but it is not widely used in the United States and is more often administered in countries where TB is common, the Mayo clinic's Web site says.

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    Oklahoma City-County Health Department: http://www.cchdoc.com

    Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com

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    Re: Oklahoma - Hundreds may face TB exposure

    Thank you Niko to bring TB up, it was coming to become public. Many ''specialists'' are aware of this TB bug for awhile and it is apparent that it must be adress now.

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      Re: Oklahoma - Hundreds may face TB exposure

      TB Outbreak In Oklahoma City
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      Hundreds of patients and healthcare workers may have been exposed to tuberculosis in Oklahoma City this week.



      A hospital worker was diagnosed with the air-born disease, and so far ten people reportedly contracted TB from that hospital.



      So how can you protect yourself from the disease if an outbreak occurs in your area? KTEN's Margaret Stokes reports.


      Health officials here in Carter County say that TB is a very treatable disease, and understanding the steps to protect yourself is the best way to combat it.


      Tuberculosis is a bacterium that is spread by germs that float in the air. When an infected person coughs, shouts, or sneezes, others nearby are put at risk. Symptoms of tuberculosis include night sweats, a productive cough and a low-grade fever.


      Officials from the Carter County Health Department say they generally see one to five cases per year, and that patients that are diagnosed with the disease tend to have weak immune systems. Healthy bodies are more able to fight off the disease.


      State Health officials have decreased tuberculosis cases by conducting investigations after a patient is diagnosed to find where they contracted the air-born disease.


      Margaret Stokes reporting for KTEN news.


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        Okla. Narrows Focus of TB Exposure Probe

        Okla. Narrows Focus of TB Exposure Probe

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        09-20-06 at 7:46AM

        OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City-County Health Department said Tuesday it is narrowing the focus of its investigation of persons who might have been exposed to tuberculosis by coming into contact with a health care worker who has been diagnosed with the disease.

        The agency wants to contact patients and others who stayed for prolonged periods of time on the sixth, eighth or 10th floors of Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City between Jan. 1 and Aug. 11.


        The employee, a woman who has not been identified, was diagnosed on Aug. 14 but reported experiencing symptoms of the disease for six months earlier, officials said. TB primarily affects the lungs and symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, low-grade fever, chills and possible weight loss.

        The health care worker has not worked at the hospital since she was diagnosed.


        The disease is spread by germs that float in the air when an infected persons coughs, shouts or sneezes and are inhaled by others.

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