Sailor on cargo ship diagnosed with tuberculosis

Published On: Mar 04 2014 10:42:14 AM EST
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -

Health officials on Georgia's coast say more than 20 sailors were quarantined amid fears of tuberculosis on a cargo ship arriving at the Port of Brunswick.

Dr. Diane Weems, district health director of the Coastal Health District, says a sailor aboard the Mv Star Isfjord cargo ship had active pulmonary tuberculosis, a contagious form of the disease.

The Brunswick News reports that the discovery of tuberculosis on the ship resulted in 22 crew members being quarantined on the cargo vessel.

Authorities said six of the 22 sailors were found to have been exposed to Tuberculosis but didn't have active TB, didn't show symptoms and weren't contagious. They were treated by health workers.

The ship, which had arrived in Georgia Feb. 24, departed from Brunswick shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.