By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico
Around 80 people in Clovis are being screened to rule out the spread of tuberculosis after a health care worker was diagnosed with TB, a state Department of Health official said Thursday.
Those exposed have been clearly identified and the community at large should not be concerned, said Dr. Steve Jenison, who is with the department’s infectious disease bureau.
“We know who was potentially exposed to TB in this case, and we will be in touch with you if we think you need to be tested,” said Dr. Marcos Burgos, medical director of the tuberculosis program for the Health Department. “We are contacting individuals who may have been exposed so we can treat them if they are infected.”
Approximately 250 people in Clovis and Albuquerque were identified after a health care worker was diagnosed with the infectious disease.
The state Department of Health and other agencies already have tested 73 people who came in close contact with the worker, and found no evidence the disease has spread.
Jenison said screening will take place over the next couple of