Four people in Zeist develop TB illness

18th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Four people from a group of 408 infected patients in Zeist have developed tuberculosis, one of whom has open tuberculosis and poses an infection risk to other people, it was revealed on Friday.

18 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — Four people from a group of 408 infected patients in Zeist have developed tuberculosis, one of whom has open tuberculosis and poses an infection risk to other people, it was revealed on Friday.

The patient with open tuberculosis is not coughing very much and the risk of infecting others around him is low, news service NOS reported. The other three patients do not have a contagious form of TB.

In cases of lung tuberculosis, people with the open form cough up sputum that contains the tuberculosis bacteria. This constitutes a contagious hazard. With the closed form, there is no contact with the bronchia, so that no bacteria are coughed out. This extra-pulmonary form of tuberculosis affects other organs than the lungs.

In recent weeks, Zeist Municipal Council conducted the largest tuberculosis investigation ever in the Netherlands following the discovery of a supermarket employee with open Tuberculosis in November last year.

Some 15,500 people volunteered to undergo a skin test for TB and 408 people found to be carrying the bacteria are now undergoing treatment with health authority GG&GD in Utrecht.

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.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease of humans and animals caused by the tubercle bacillus. But 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

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