An investigation by the Ministry of Health (MOH) has revealed that the seven prisoners identified with tuberculosis (TB) at the Kingston Central police lock-up, were not infected at the facility, but rather in their communities of origin.
A report from the Jamaica Information Service said the public can be assured that active cases are being treated in keeping with established protocols. In addition, field investigations by the Health Department are ongoing, including investigation and screening of household contacts and inmates in the affected lock-ups.
Further, the ministry can confirm that to date, no new active cases have been identified in the lock-ups. Based on the latest data analysis, including the comparison of cases between the corresponding periods for 2012 and 2013, and the geographic distribution of these cases, the MOH has determined that the number of cases is not outside what is normally expected based on the burden of disease for tuberculosis in Jamaica, and they continue to monitor the situation.