TN Dept. of Health to test people in contact with rare TB

TN Dept. of Health to test people in contact with rare TB (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Health says people who may have been in contact with a woman with a rare and deadly form of tuberculosis will be tested.

In April, the woman traveled from India to the United States, arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. She spent time in Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois before growing sick and being admitted to an isolation unit at a suburban Chicago hospital.

She is being cared for at a National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, where she’s in stable condition. The CDC did not release other details.

Tennessee Health Department spokesman Woody McMillin said in an email on Wednesday the department believes fewer than 10 people may have been exposed to the hard-to-treat strain of TB.

Officials have not identified specific locations or the path the woman took.

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