TB case reported in Cayman

Cayman’s Public Health Department indicated Monday that it is taking aggressive measures to test all close contacts of a tuberculosis patient who has been hospitalised.

Anyone who tests positive for tuberculosis (TB) will be offered appropriate treatment, according to Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar said.

‘TB is spread through the air from one person to another. For most persons who breathe in TB bacteria and become infected, the body is able to fight the bacteria and stop them from growing,’ Dr. Kumar said.

Dr. Kumar said measures have already been taken to contain the TB bacteria within the household and work environment of the affected patient.

He also emphasised that this case has no relationship with the case reported in May 2009.