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Drug-Resistant TB Patient Traveled to 3 US States Before Hospitalization

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 02:33 PM

A patient with a rare form of drug-resistant TB may have spread the disease when she traveled to Missouri, Tennessee, and Illinois after arriving in the United Stated from India in April.

Since the 25-year-old’s diagnosis, health officials have been trying to retrace people who may have come into physical contact with her, ABC7 News reported. The women is said to have a rare and deadly kind of drug-resistant tuberculosis and was visiting relatives during her travels. She reportedly came to the states through Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

The particular strain of TB, XDR-TB, has failed to respond to four usual treatments.

"With anybody who has drug-resistant TB, they've had TB for some time and it either has not been treated corrected or the treatment has been stopped by the individual," Susan Karras, of the McHenry Co. Health Department, told ABC7.

Once diagnosed with the rare form of TB, the women was flown via air ambulance to the National Institutes of Health for Experimental Treatment in Bethesda, Maryland. She is currently in stable condition, according to CBS News.

TB most often affects the lungs and can lead to coughing up blood and chest pain.

"All travelers should avoid high risk settings where there are no infection control measures in place. Documented places where transmission has occurred include crowded hospitals, prisons, homeless shelters, and other settings where susceptible persons come in contact with persons with TB disease," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NBC News reported.

Cases of TB have been falling in the America. However it strikes 9 million people globally each year and directly causes 1.5 million deaths, according to CBS News.

"When someone coughed, that droplet can stay 2-3 hours in the air," Dr. David Agus, of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, said. "And so tuberculosis really happens when people are in close quarters together, so that's why the people in her same row on a plane need to be identified and tested, and people who lived with her in the same house also need to be tested."



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