California tuberculosis outbreak kills 1, infects 14 as officials declare health emergency --Alarming outbreak infected 14 people, with 9 people hospitalized | 4 May 2024 | A deadly outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) has occurred inside a California hotel housing homeless people, leading to the death of one person and forcing city health officials to declare a public health emergency. The alarming outbreak at the unnamed hotel infected 14 people, resulting in nine people being hospitalized, the Department of Health and Human Services for Long Beach announced Thursday. The identity of the deceased individual has not been released. Officials say the health emergency was announced to strengthen the city’s preparedness and ability to respond to the outbreak. Around 170 people have likely been exposed to TB and the Health Department is in the process of screening contacts for TB via symptom review, blood or skin tests and chest X-rays.

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