Tuberculosis Confirmed in July at Van Buren Nursing Home
Bayly, Julia, Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME)
VAN BUREN, Maine -- Maine's top epidemiologist confirmed Friday that medical personnel with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention were in Van Buren earlier this summer after a nursing home resident there tested positive for tuberculosis.
In addition to the one active case, Borderview Manor administrator Robert Poiesz on Friday said a dozen staff and residents also have tested positive for exposure to the disease since the initial diagnosis in July.
"We followed our in-house protocols and the Maine CDC recommendations," Poiesz said. "We notified them of our positive test at the end of July."
The elderly female resident of the residential care facility was moved into a private room for treatment with prescribed antibiotics and has since been moved back into her regular quarters, Poiesz said, adding she has recovered and is doing well.
Subsequent testing on Borderview staff and residents turned up 12 cases of "latent tuberculosis," according to Poiesz.
"This was never a risk to the general public," Dr. Stephen Sears, state epidemiologist, said on Friday. "TB is a disease that exists throughout the United States and we continue to see it in Maine."
According to information on the Maine CDC website, Maine saw 17 cases of TB in 2012.
TB, according to Sears, is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria and most often impacts the lungs. It is treated through a course of antibiotics.
Those who test positive for TB exposure, or latent TB, he said, show no symptoms and are in no way contagious. …