408 tuberculosis infections confirmed
11 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The final results from the largest-ever Dutch tuberculosis test last week indicated that 408 people were infected with the bacteria, but none of them actually caught the disease, it was reported on Friday.
11 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — The final results from the largest-ever Dutch tuberculosis test last week indicated that 408 people were infected with the bacteria, but none of them actually caught the disease, it was reported on Friday.
The Zeist Council said of the 15,426 people who had volunteered to undergo a skin test for TB, 91 percent have since obtained the results.
The 408 people infected with the bacteria are now undergoing treatment with health authority GG&GD in Utrecht, where they will undergo further examinations.
In total, 21,326 people underwent a test for tuberculosis, 5,900 of whom had x-rays taken. The results of these tests will not be known for a few weeks.
An employee with a C1000 supermarket was diagnosed with lung tuberculosis last November.
Zeist Council and health authority GGD Midden-Nederland decided to examine every customer who shopped at the supermarket between 1 January and 18 November 2004.
It was described as the largest tuberculosis investigation in Dutch history and the costs the operation were initially estimated at EUR 500,000.
"The employee is doing okay, but is very shocked by what has happened around him," a council spokesman said.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease of humans and animals caused by the tubercle bacillus. A TB infection of the lungs causes the coughing up of mucus and sputum, fever, weight loss and chest pain.
Not everyone who is infected with the TB bacteria contracts the illness and most people do not report health problems. On average, about 10 percent become sick, but the bacteria can be killed by a six-month treatment of medicine.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news