Taipei confirms cluster of TB infection at NTNU

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/06/01
By: Ku Chuan and Kay Liu

Taipei, June 1 (CNA) A cluster outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) infection is confirmed to have taken place

(CNA file photo)

(CNA file photo)

in National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), with eight people showing symptoms, the Taipei City Department of Health said Wednesday.

The university reported a confirmed TB case last December and a follow-up skin test of 176 people in close contact with the patient found 68 of them had been infected, according to the department.

Those who have tested positive may just have a latent infection, may never develop the disease and cannot spread the TB bacteria, but preventive treatments were given to the 68 people who have been exposed, the department said.

Two more confirmed cases were reported by the university — one in March, the other in May — and tests showed they were infected with the same strain of the TB bacteria found in the patient reported in December.     [FULL  STORY]

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