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Zion Lodge Worker Treated for Tuberculosis

Zion Lodge Worker Treated for Tuberculosis

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HURRICANE, Utah (AP) -- An employee at Zion Lodge in Zion National Park has been hospitalized for treatment of tuberculosis, the manager of the lodge confirmed.

Pat Thomas, nursing director for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, said the patient's family members, friends and co-workers have been notified and are being tested.

Zion Lodge manager Jeff D'Arpa said the employee had been in the hospital for about two weeks before it was confirmed that he had TB.

Tuberculosis was once the leading cause of death in the United States, but began to disappear after the 1940s. In 2000, there were 16,000 cases reported in the United States.

The infectious disease is treated with antibiotics.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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