The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department was notified of a possible Tuberculosis case in the Boyd County Detention Center.
Late Thursday afternoon, lab results confirmed that the inmate was positive for Tuberculosis (TB). The case is now in isolation and being provided care for TB.
During the investigation, it was discovered that staff at the jail, law enforcement officials and inmates may have been exposed to the ill individual. These individuals are being provided TB skin tests to test for illness. If illness is discovered, the individuals will be treated. There was no risk to the general public from this case.
According to CDC, 4 to 6 prcent of TB cases reported in the United States occur among people incarcerated at the time of diagnosis. The incarcerated population contains a high proportion of people a greater risk for TB than the overall population.
Risk factors contributing to the high rate of TB in correctional facilities include: physical structure of correctional facilities that can include close living quarters and high rates of other chronic illnesses such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
If you have questions about TB illness, visit www.cdc.gov or www.abchealthdeparment.com or call the health department at 324-7181.