New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 7, 2007, Page 10

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January 07, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A-Herald-Zeitung - Sunday, January 7, 2007 Officials concerned about TB LUBBOCK (AP) - Concerned that about 2,800 people might have been exposed to tuberculosis at a West Texas hospital, state health officials are mailing warnings encouraging testing for the disease. The possible exposure at Lubbock's University Medical Center occurred between September and November of last year, but the hospital was not alerted until last month. Privacy laws don't allow the hospital to name who caused the possible exposure to TB. Hospital employees are tested for TB each year, hospital spokesman Greg Bruce. The Texas Department of State Health Services said only people who receive the letter should be tested. The agency stressed this was not an outbreak. "There's no immediate danger," Bruce told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for Thursday editions. TB is caused by bacteria that can attack the kidney, spine and brain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The disease can be fatal if left untreated. Letters are standard procedure whenever TB is reported, state health services spokesman Barry Wilson said. He noted that officials were liberal in compiling the list of people who might have been exposed. DRUGS CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Symptoms of pill use differs Manuel Vasquez and Travis Dedek are charged with delivery and possession of a controlled substance, while Adam Castilleja is charged with possession of a controlled substance. All four men currently are free on bond while awaiting trial. Rust said the Smithers case is a rare opportunity for officers to fully investigate an overdose death and arrest those suspected of supplying the deadly drugs. "We've had several overdose deaths, but this is possi- "I would say to keep prescriptions out of reach, but what's out of reach to a 17-year-old?" - Mike Rust New Braunfels police lieutenant bly the first time we have been able to identify the people who are possibly responsible," he said. Waldrip said those who are arrested for abuse of prescription drugs might face misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the type and amount of the drug. "Fentanyl would be a felony," he said. Comal County Sheriff's Capt. Dennis Koepp said dial prescription drug arrests are not a significant or increasing part of the county's drug problem. However, Rust said that prescription drug abuse makes up about 25 percent of the city's drug cases. "We've always had our share but they seem to be getting more popular with the younger people," he said. "I don't know if they don't think of it as a hard drug or if prescriptions are just easier to get from their parents' medicine cabinets." Rust said that some of the symptoms of prescription drug abuse are different than those of illicit drug abuse. "There won't be a smell because they usually are swallowing a pill," he said. "I would say to keep prescrip- 0ms mm Newspaper of the Year HERALD-ZEITUNG Helping New Braunfels Hear Life Again Soriya M. listes, M.A., I-'-AAA Owner & Licensed Audiologist Call Today For A Hearing Test & Free Consultation 830-643-0033 i 1528 Common Street  New Braunfels, Texas estes audiology HEARING CENTER ^SHreat recipe? Share your... or of the 5 I5-"*.- �*> i The Herald-Zeitung is compiling recipes from its readers and running a couple each Wednesday on the Life page. Once we have compiled enough recipes, we'll publish them all in a cookbook with a distinct New Braunfels area flavor - A Taste of the Hill Country! Right now we're looking for desserts - dishes that you and your family have enjoyed for years or just recently discovered your fondness for. Send your recipes, a photo of yourself and a brief description of what makes the recipe special to you to [email protected] Please put "RECIPES" in the subject line of the e-mail. Herald-Zeitung Jjp Newspaper of the Year REPORTS CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Accident files available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week insurance claims, also can be faxed to either an individual or an insurance company. Now, those reports are available for a $3 fee through policereports.us, or through the police department's Web site. The fee is payable by credit or debit card and the site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. New Braunfels is one of 21 Texas law enforcement agencies that make accident reports available online, including the Hays County sheriff's office, San Marcos Police Department tions out of reach, but what's out of reach to a 17-year-old?" Rust said that mood swings, dilated pupils and slurred speech are possible signs of drug abuse. "You know your own children's behavior," he said. "If you see something suspicious, investigate it." and Georgetown Police Department. Comal County sheriff's Lt. Brent Paullus said Friday he did not know of any plans to put the county's accident reports online. Because the information is accessed through an outside site, Viramontes said she did not. have a record of the number of people who have used the service since it has been available. Department employees scan all reports to be posted on the site before filing them, but Viramontes said many people still choose to pick up the reports or request to have the reports faxed to avoid paying a fee. "I guess it's too soon to tell if it it will be less  work," she said. "I think it will be easier when it catches on, especially during the summer when people are here from out of town." 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