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Tuberculosis At North Carolina Jail

A Brunswick County jail inmate has been transferred to a medically secure cell in Raleigh after being diagnosed with tuberculosis.

County officials told the Star-News of Wilmington the inmate had been in the jail for eight months before he was moved.

Authorities say 33 others at the jail, including two workers, have also had positive skin tests for the infectious disease.

Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey says doctors haven't determined if the disease has moved into the lungs of any of those people, making them contagious.

Tuberculosis is a potentially fatal disease spread when an infected person coughs and sneezes. The standard treatment is a six-month regimen of medications.


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