Alabama prison inmate has tuberculosis – AL.com

The Alabama Department of Corrections said one inmate at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.

The ADOC said the inmate showed symptoms of tuberculosis on Jan. 17 and was moved into a negative airflow isolation cell at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery. Testing confirmed active tuberculosis.

The Alabama Department of Public Health, which is assisting the ADOC, recommended testing all the inmates at Ventress and offering on-site testing for employees.

On Feb. 4, 1,182 initial screenings were done, followed by another 31 screenings on Feb. 12. No other cases of tuberculosis have been confirmed, the ADOC said.

Tuberculosis is a contagious bacterial infection that spreads through the air, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The lungs and other organs can be infected. Tuberculosis can be fatal if not treated.

The ADOC has restricted inmate movement in out of Ventress because of the tuberculosis risk. Inmate movement within the facility and normal operations are not restricted, the ADOC said.

Alabama Political Reporter first reported the case of tuberculosis.