CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Eastern Kentucky health officials are testing nearly 300 people for tuberculosis after a man being held at a jail tested positive for the disease.
Ashland-Boyd County Health Department spokeswoman Kristy Bolen told The Independent (http://bit.ly/QLa7md) that the man was getting a routine medical pre-screening on Wednesday at the Boyd County Detention Center when he told a nurse that there was a possibility he was infected. Bolen said lab results confirmed the diagnosis.
She said the inmate, whose identity wasn't released, is being treated in isolation at a hospital.
Bolen said TB skin tests will be given to approximately 220 inmates and about 50 jail employees and law enforcement officers who might have been exposed to the disease.
Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com