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Inmates with TB are not contagious

Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Inmates and workers at the Brunswick County Jail who were tested for tuberculosis show no signs of being contagious.

The 35 people, however, will have to continue taking medication for at least six months to keep from getting sick and spreading the disease.

"You only have to be on the medicine a short period of time, and then they're not infectious anymore," said Yousey.  "Those other 33 people, they've just been exposed. They're infected, but you're not considered infectious until it gets in your lungs. If we can get them treated in time, they'll never be infectious."

The Health Department will go back in two months to give new skin tests to all the inmates and workers who had negative results, since it could take a while for the bacteria to show up through the test.

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