More Than 2,000 Close Contacts at Risk of TB Exposure

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Most of the contacts have already been notified

 

Guam – More than 2,000 individuals are expected to be screened for Tuberculosis by the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

Those persons have been identified as close contacts of a bus driver who was diagnosed with TB. The bus driver passed away recently.

DPHSS TB Program Coordinator Alice Manalo says most of the contacts have already been notified that they need to be screened. Some of the witnesses and prosecutors who may have come in contact with the patient are still being identified.

PPD Skin Tests will be provided for the contacts free of charge at DPHSS beginning today. Student from bus number 72 will also be offered screening at their schools on January 20th.

Manalo stresses that while screening is mandatory there is currently no rush, as exposure to the disease can take a few weeks to show in the test.