Patients of Loma Linda May Have Been Exposed to TB

County health officials have been working on reaching those who may have been exposed to a patient with active tuberculosis at the Loma L...


County health officials have been working on reaching those who may have been exposed to a patient with active tuberculosis at the Loma Linda University Medical Center.

“We have identified which patients and employees had potential exposure to this patient," said Rick Rawson, CEO of LLUMC-Murrieta. "We are currently working with the County of Riverside Department of Public Health to notify the limited group of patients as quickly as possible.”

Individuals who were potentially exposed to the patient will be advised that they should be screened for TB. The screening for TB includes a simple skin test. These individuals who were potentially exposed will be advised of various locations where they can take the TB skin test.

If the skin test reads positive, the individual will then need a chest x-ray and follow up with an appropriate provider.

“TB testing is being recommended as a precautionary measure,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. “It only takes a short time but will provide peace of mind.”

There is a very low risk of transmission, but all who may have been exposed are urged to take the test as a precaution.

No LLUMC-Murrieta employees who were potentially exposed to the patient, have tested positive for TB.

Tuberculosis can be spread through the air, during prolonged, repeated and close contact with an individual who is infected with active tuberculosis. TB is not spread by shaking hands, sharing drink or food, or via bed linens or toilet seats. Symptoms include a productive cough, unexplained weight loss, fever, and the feeling of being tired. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick.

Anyone concerned about TB can contact their local health provider or the Public Health Department Disease Control at 951-358-5107. For additional information about tuberculosis, visit the Department of Public Health's website at www.rivco-diseasecontrol.org.

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