HARTFORD — Hartford officials on Thursday announced the results of its tuberculosis investigation at Charter Oak Health Center.
Having tested more than 300 members of the public, employees, patients, emergency medical services personnel, the Health and Human Services Department has concluded that there is no need for alarm, officials said.
That’s because the initial screening revealed that 28 individuals required further testing; that testing is currently in process, officials said.
“We are not in the presence of a TB outbreak and there is no reason to be alarmed,” said Dr. Raul Pino, Acting Health and Human Services Director. “The City of Hartford has taken all precautionary measures and is systematically following protocols.”
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria. TB, which usually attacks the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body, is spread through the air by individuals with an active infection. Most infections result in an asymptomatic, latent infection, and only one in 10 latent infections result in active disease. Latent infections can be diagnosed through a tuberculin skin test.
The screenings were conducted following the TB diagnosis of a Hartford resident who was known to frequent the Charter Oak Health Center.