On Friday, August 30, Riverside County health officials approached people who may have come into contact with an employee of Kaiser Permanente-Moreno Valley, who suffers from active tuberculosis, and advised those who receive letters that To get TB screenings.  According to the Ministry of Health, the patient is an employee of the hospital's oncology clinic and has been confirmed ill in recent weeks. The worker, whose identity has not been released, is recovering, health officials said.
Emperor patients and staff who may have been exposed will be notified of the TB case with a recommendation to be screened for the disease. In the last two days, according to the health department, nearly 450 letters have been sent.
"While the risk of infection is low, it is important that the recipients of the notification letter are tested," Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the district health officer, said in a press release. "The tests are quick and reassuring."
TB screening begins with a fleeting skin test. If this is positive, the person is asked to take a chest x-ray to confirm the infection.
Tuberculosis is transmitted by coughing, sneezing, singing or speaking. The infection generally requires prolonged or repeated exposure of the TB patient. According to US health officials, people can not be infected by shaking hands, kissing or treating bedding and toilet seats.
Health officials found that some people can become infected with tuberculosis without the symptoms of fever. Cough, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, fatigue and chest pain. People with inactive tuberculosis are usually not infectious.
The Health Department reported 65 tuberculosis cases in 201
In San Bernardino County, there were 56 active tuberculosis cases in 2018 and 47 this year, according to officials from the Ministry of Health.
Colleague Sandra Emerson has contributed to this report.