TUBERCULOSIS STRIKES MARSHALLESE IN WASHINGTON

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe Online, June 10) – In a health advisory issued late last month, Seattle and King County’s Tuberculosis Control Program announced that it is currently investigating a Tuberculosis (TB) outbreak in the Marshallese community in King County, State of Washington. Seven suspected or confirmed cases of TB among families from the Marshall Islands have been diagnosed in the Puget Sound region since February 2007 (5 in King county and 2 in Snohomish County).

The King County index case is an adult diagnosed in early April 2007 with cavitary pulmonary TB and 4+ AFB in sputum smears. Following his diagnosis, a child in a separate household where the index case had spent considerable time was diagnosed with suspected pulmonary TB. Three additional adult cases of active tuberculosis have been diagnosed in May.

The Public Health TB Control Program is currently evaluating close contacts of the index case, as well as discussing outreach within the larger Marshallese community. Temporary stays with friends and relatives are a common practice in this community, so close contacts may extend beyond the immediate family.

In the May 25, 2007 alert, Public Health requested the following actions:

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