New TB case discovered in Zeist

8th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 July 2005, AMSTERDAM — A new case of tuberculous (TB) has been discovered at the C1000 supermarket in the Dutch town of Zeist which was at the centre of major scare at the beginning of the year.

8 July 2005

AMSTERDAM — A new case of tuberculous (TB) has been discovered at the C1000 supermarket in the Dutch town of Zeist which was at the centre of  major scare at the beginning of the year.

An employee of the supermarket was found to be carrying the TB bacteria during a routine medicine examination last week.

Officials at the TB centre in Utrecht have drawn up a list of approximately 50 people the man has been in contact with and they will also undergo tests.

The employee in the new case did not have daily contact with shop customers and the chance this infection will lead to a wider outbreak is very small, a spokesperson for the centre stressed on Friday.

The man was originally tested and given the all clear in January during the largest TB screening in the Netherlands. Over 21,000 people were tested and 427 were found to be infected with the TB bacteria as a result of an outbreak linked to the supermarket.

The TB centre in Utrecht is now conducting DNA testing to establish if the bacteria in the new case is the same as in the earlier case. It will take several months before the results are known.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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