Eleven cases of tuberculosis linked to Pacheco’s California Grand Casino have been reported.
KTVU FOX 2
California health officials are recommending that anyone who has spent time at a Bay Area casino in the past five years be tested for tuberculosis after 11 confirmed cases were linked to staff and patrons.
Contra Costa Health (CCH) made the suggestion Thursday, and a county health spokesperson told KTVU FOX 2 the most recent case was discovered on October 31.
“Of the 11 confirmed cases of tuberculosis, 10 are genetically linked and the majority are associated with casino staff or patrons. The 11th case has not yet undergone genetic testing,” health officials said. The source of transmission from the latest casino has not been identified.
“We are making this recommendation now because there is new evidence that tuberculosis may have spread among people who spent time at the casino between 2018 and 2023,” said Dr. Meera Sreenivasan. “TB can live inside a person for years without showing any signs of its presence. That’s why it’s important to get tested, even if you don’t feel sick. TB can cause serious illness, but it can be treated and cured with medication, especially when caught early.
Symptoms of active TB can include a persistent or bloody cough, unexpected weight loss, night sweats and fatigue, the CCH said.
Tuberculosis is spread when a person with symptoms coughs or exhales droplets containing the bacteria, most often in an enclosed space for a long period of time, such as several hours, explains the CCH.
Patrons outside the gaming establishment told KTVU they had not heard the news before their interaction and had not seen any warning signs or notices about the bacterial illness that affects people’s lungs. ‘a person.
“It doesn’t look cool, but people are still there, so it hasn’t scared too many people,” said Anthony Brown of Richmond.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of this,” said customer Bob Lewis of Lafayette.
Fox News reached out to the casino for comment but did not immediately receive a response. The company released a statement to KTVU.
“Our main commitment is to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. According to Contra Costa Health, none of the linked cases are currently contagious nor do they involve our staff. Additionally, Contra Costa Health has not identified any ongoing sources of transmission in the card room. We are actively working with the County on notifications and testing to ensure public health and safety.