Inmate at Westchester jail being treated for tuberculosis

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Officials at the Westchester County jail say an inmate has tested positive for tuberculosis.

The inmate, described only as a 45-year-old man, is being treated at the Westchester Medical Center.

County health officials say this is the first confirmed case at the jail in many years.

The Health Department says it is working with other agencies to identify any inmates or staff members who may have been exposed to the infected inmate.

Officials say TB is much less infectious than many common infections such as chicken pox. They say there are approximately 30-40 cases of TB in the county each year.

A holiday Mass by Cardinal Timothy Dolan scheduled for Monday morning at the jail will go on as planned.

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