Woman died of TB in Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS ” Tuberculosis caused the death of a woman in a Colorado Springs hospital, health officials said Monday, but they said it was unlikely she had the multidrug-resistant strain.
Mark Salley of the state health department said tests were planned to confirm what form of the disease she had. Multidrug-resistant TB is more difficult to treat.
The woman, whose name was not released, died Friday, the day she arrived at the emergency room of Memorial Hospital.
Although hospital officials did not know what disease she had, she was put in an isolation room and staff and family members wore protective gear as a precaution.
Health officials described the victim as an international student who had attended Colorado State University-Pueblo but had been staying in Colorado Springs. No other information was immediately released.
An investigation was under way to identify and contact anyone who might be at risk of contracting TB from exposure to the woman, Salley said.
Tuberculosis kills 1.6 million people around the world every year; in 2004, it killed 662 people in the U.S.
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