TB probe continues at Chatham Co. jail

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Chatham County Sheriff's Office said it is working with local and state health officials in an ongoing tuberculosis investigation at the Chatham County Detention Center.

The disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air, typically affects the lungs and is commonly spread by being in close contact with others, according to the sheriff's office.

The investigation began in April when an inmate was diagnosed with contagious pulmonary tuberculosis. Nine more TB cases have since been identified among inmates. There are an estimated 1,900 inmates in the Chatham County jail.

The health department has been working closely with jail administration and staff to screen and evaluate inmates who may have been exposed, according to the sheriff's office.

The health department has asked for support from the State Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help implement more intense investigation and screening efforts. It is testing all sheriff's office employees, contract workers and volunteers.  None of them so far have been diagnosed with active TB.

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