CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateTEXAS: Man Caught on Border Has Rare Strain of TB
January 18, 2013
San Antonio Express-News (01.16.13)
A young man from Asia, who was caught trying to sneak into South Texas on November 27, 2012, has been diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB), a strain of the disease that is very difficult to treat. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, this is the third time since 2008 that the strain has been detected in Texas. Department spokesperson Carrie Williams noted that XDR TB is a very dangerous disease, but it is not easily transmitted; therefore, the department has no reason to believe that community exposures occurred.
When the Port Isabel Service Detention Center detected TB during a medical screening, the patient was transferred to the unit's airbone infection isolation facility where he remains in medical isolation in the custody of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He is receiving appropriate treatment from ICE medical staff in consultation with TB experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials did not identify the patient or his country of origin, except to say that he is young and from an Asian country.