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251.043 FINDINGS, PAYMENT OF MEDICAL CARE AND COMPENSATION.

Subdivision 1.Duty to seek treatment.

If upon the evidence mentioned in the preceding section, the workers' compensation division finds that an employee is suffering from tuberculosis contracted in the institution or department by contact with inmates or patients therein or by contact with tuberculosis contaminated material therein, it shall order the employee to seek the services of a physician or medical care facility. There shall be paid to the physician or facility where the employee may be received, the same fee for the maintenance and care of the person as is received by the institution for the maintenance and care of a nonresident patient. If the employee worked in a state hospital or nursing home, payment for the care shall be made by the commissioner of human services. If employed in any other institution or department the payment shall be made from funds allocated or appropriated for the operation of the institution or department. If the employee dies from the effects of the disease of tuberculosis and if the tuberculosis was the primary infection and the authentic cause of death, the workers' compensation division shall order payment to dependents as provided for under the general provisions of the workers' compensation law.

Subd. 2.Presumption of risk.

Whenever it appears that any employee subject to the provisions of sections 251.041 to 251.045 has come into contact with persons who are afflicted with tuberculosis or with tuberculosis contaminated material in connection with the employment and has subsequently contracted tuberculosis it shall be presumed that such employee contracted tuberculosis by such contact and while working within the scope of employment.

Subd. 3.Date of contracting tuberculosis.

When an employee has contracted tuberculosis within the meaning of subdivision 1, the periods of time specified in section 176.141 shall be computed from the date that a confirmed diagnosis of tuberculosis is first communicated to the employee.