LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)— Angelenos are not in danger in the wake of a tuberculosis outbreak on Skid Row, according to the county’s top health official.
“The public is not at risk,” Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.READ MORE: Standoff Continues After Pursuit Ends In Palmdale, 1 Person Taken Into Custody
Fielding, the head of the L.A. County Department of Public Health, said that “frequent and close contact” with someone with tuberculosis is necessary to contract the disease, and the outbreak is “unusual but a not particularly virulent strain.”
Since 2007, 11 people have died from the bacterial disease and 78 people have been diagnosed with the illness.
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