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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
FLORIDA: Possible Tuberculosis Exposure Under Investigation at St. Lucie County Jail
By Angie Fajardo
October 25, 2013
WPTV.com (Palm Beach) (10.23.2013)

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Health are investigating a possible TB exposure that might have occurred at the St. Lucie County Jail in Fort Pierce, Fla. According to the health department, an individual tested positive for the virus when admitted to the jail on August 3 but tested negative during follow-up screening performed on August 12. The individual remained in custody until September 25. The health department, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office and Corizon Medical, is working to determine whether any TB exposure occurred while the individual was in the facility. Focusing on testing those who had direct contact with the infected prisoner, St. Lucie County Administrator Larry Lee noted in a written statement that “The health and safety of staff and inmates are a top priority, and we are doing everything necessary to address the situation in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office.”

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