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Inmate tests positive for tuberculosis

An offender at Pendleton Correctional Facility has tested positive for active tuberculosis disease, the Indiana State Department of Health said today.

The offender, who was not identified, has been transferred to an isolated room at the Miami Correctional Facility, and has begun the standard four-drug treatment regimen for the disease, the state health department said in a statement.

The statement said staff at Miami who come into contact with the offender will wear protective masks.

Offenders and staff who came into contact with the inmate at Pendleton during the infectious period will be screened for symptoms, the statement said. Those who test negative will be retested in 10 weeks; those who test positive will receive follow-up testing and any needed treatment.

All transfers in and out of Pendleton have been temporarly suspended, and all offenders who have been screened are currently on non-contact visits, the statement said.

Indiana had 94 cases of TB in 2013 and 102 in 2012. Each year, there are two to four deaths in the state as a result, the statement said.

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