Georgia Officials Fear TB Exposure from Infected Man

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COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) _ Health officials say as many as 200 people may have been exposed to tuberculosis by a man who was jailed earlier this month for refusing to comply with his treatment plan, which included staying at home.

The East Metro Health District is trying to track down everyone 32-year-old Anthony Underwood contacted over the last three months, including seven children living in his Covington home.

Health district spokesman Vernon Goins said, ``We have to go back three months from the time he was confirmed to be infectious and check where he's been and everybody he's come into contact with, and we have to treat all those people as a precaution.''

Goins said chest X-rays on two of the children living in Underwood's house indicated they were exposed to the disease. No one has yet tested positive for the infection.

The health department was notified of Underwood's condition May 2nd. When he was released from the hospital three days later, he was ordered to remain at home and to allow the health department to treat him until he was no longer contagious.

Underwood was arrested May 9th and put in a jail infirmary designed for inmates with communicable diseases.