Lubbock Sheriff's Deputy Quarantined for TB - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/30/08

Lubbock Sheriff's Deputy Quarantined for TB

One Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputy is quarantined at his home after testing positive for Tuberculosis.   As a precaution, other Sheriff's Office personnel were tested and the "Sheriff's Inmate Work Program" was shut down so that all the inmates could be tested as well. At this time, no one who had contact with the infected deputy has tested positive for TB.

Kelly Rowe with the Lubbock Sheriff's Office says, "it looks like we've got an isolated case, one of our officers got to feeling ill, saw his personal doctor, ran the typical battery tests I think a couple of days ago and verified it. He does have tuberculosis."  

So what is Tuberculosis?

We met with Dr. Joe Sasin at UMC to learn more. "It causes inflammation in the lung tissue and it's contagious but not highly contagious. Generally things like handshakes or clothing, contact with those will not transmit TB. Food with a food handler is possible, but most of the cases are respiratory droplets. Small droplets that come out of a patient when they cough, sneeze, or breathe deeply, float in the air and are inhaled," says Sasin.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • pain in the chest
  • coughing up blood
  • weakness or fatigue
  • weight loss
  • no appetite
  • chills
  • fever
  • sweating at night

If you suffer from any of these symptoms you should go to the E.R. for testing. But it's important to note, there is currently NO Tuberculosis outbreak in Lubbock. Health officials say this case at the Sheriff's Office is an isolated case.

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