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TB Lockdown Ends At San Mateo County Women’s Prison

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X-ray of a patient diagnosed with advanced bilateral pulmonary tuberculosis. (US Dept. of HHS)

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SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — The San Mateo County Women’s Correctional Facility was given the  “all clear” Friday morning after a case of tuberculosis was discovered at the facility Tuesday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

 

A lockdown at a section of the women’s correctional center in  Redwood City was issued Tuesday when other inmates were potentially exposed  to tuberculosis.

 

Since then potentially exposed inmates have been tested and the  San Mateo County correctional health services allowed the center to reopen,  sheriff’s official said.

 

Two inmates were moved to Redwood City’s Maguire Correctional  Facility medical section following the tuberculosis discovery, sheriff’s  officials said. There is no housing available for someone with the contagious  bacterial infection at the main women’s jail.

 

The lockdown caused housing problems for new inmates who could not  use 20 beds in the locked down area where they faced possible exposure,  sheriff’s officials said.

 

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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