Child care worker has TB, Navy officials say
NAPLES, Italy – A child care worker on a Navy base in Naples tested positive Friday for an active case of tuberculosis.
The individual worked with a classroom of about 16 children at the Child Development Center on the Support Site for Naval Support Activity Naples, Navy officials said Friday.
Testing is under way for coworkers and children who regularly interacted with the individual, according to NSA Naples spokesman Lt. Matt Gill.
As of early Friday evening, no other infections had been reported, he said, adding that testing for those potentially affected would likely last through the weekend.
“Immediate action is being taken to ensure the health and safety of all children and workers that may have been exposed,” said a Navy statement issued Friday.
Citing medical privacy laws, Gill would not give any information about the patient, except to say the person is on medical leave.
Families and CDC employees are being notified, Gill said, and the command has scheduled a series of town hall meetings and walk-in hours for concerned members of the community.
On Saturday, command and public health officials will be available at the child development center from 5 to 9 p.m. to answer questions, and medical personnel will be available in the galley at the Support Site hospital at 9 a.m., according to the release.
There will be a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Support Site theater.
The Navy statement advised people to listen for updates on PAO Notes, AFN TV and radio (106.0 FM), the CNIC website and the NSA Facebook page. It also gave the number for the U.S. Naval Hospital, Naples Public Health Office: DSN: 629-6299.
Tuberculosis, or “TB,” is caused by a bacterium that usually attacks the lungs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include a bad cough that lasts more than three weeks, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or sputum, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fear and sweating at night, according to the CDC.
“People with TB disease may spread the bacteria to people they spend time with every day,” according to the CDC. TB spreads through the air. It is not spread by shaking someone’s hand, kissing or sharing toothbrushes or food, the CDC states.
TB is treatable via several drugs that must be taken over the course of six to 12 months, according to the CDC. To learn more about TB, go to