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Sheriff: Nacogdoches man court-ordered to confinement for tuberculosis

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 7:05pm

NACOGDOCHES — The Texas Department of State Health Services brought to official's attention that an individual potentially contagious with a communicable disease was living in Nacogdoches.

They informed the local court he was a threat to the community.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss tells KETK, the Nacogdoches man is believed to have tuberculosis.

He was court-ordered to the Texas Institute for Infectious Disease in San Antonio, where he is to remain for 12 months or until he's not contagious anymore.

Sheriff Kerss tells KETK, this is an unusual process, but it is within the limits of the law.

Sheriff Kerss says, given the fact that the man is about to be removed from Nacogdoches and hospitalized for an extended period of time, the court allowed him until January 3rd to get his affairs together.

He'll be taken to San Antonio on Tuesday morning.

According to health experts with the Centers for Disease Control, Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. It can spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. TB is NOT spread by shaking someone's hand, sharing food or drink, touching bed linens or toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes and kissing.

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