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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
FLORIDA: Search Continues for Tampa Woman with TB
Staff Writer
July 9, 2013
Tampa Bay Online (07.08.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

Police in Tampa, Fla., are searching for a homeless woman who left Tampa General Hospital before she could learn that she tested positive for TB. The patient needs to return for treatment, as the disease can be fatal if left untreated. The doctor who attended to the patient contacted the police to notify them of the problem. Steve Huard, spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Health Department, noted that the public should not be alarmed because the chances of her passing on the disease were low; TB requires prolonged close contact rather than casual contact to spread. The patient has no known address and frequents the downtown area.