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One case of tuberculosis confirmed in Taipei

2012/05/19 21:39:10

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) A college student in Taipei City has contracted tuberculosis (TB), and 71 of the 158 people with whom the student had direct contact have tested positive, a city health official said Saturday.

The city government's health department said it has carried out a series of disease control measures since it was informed about the case on April 6.

People with abnormal test results will be put under further observation or will be given preventive medication, the department said.

The Centers for Disease Control said it will conduct follow-up tests in 12 months time for those who had come into contact with the TB patient.

With good medication, the chances of these 71 people developing the disease are low, the department said.

Furthermore, they are not contagious and will not pass the bacteria to others during the 12-month period, the department added.

Although TB spreads from person to person via droplets in air, it is not as contagious as many other diseases such as measles, the center said.

The chance of a normal healthy person who is infected with the bacteria developing the disease is 5 percent to 10 percent, it said.

There are around 1,000 TB confirmed cases per year in Taipei.

(By Johnson Sun and Maia Huang)