Seven test positive for TB in Indiana

Indiana health officials announced on Monday that seven people in Howard County have tested positive for tuberculosis.

A nail salon employee in the area came down with the illness in February, which caused concerns of potential infection for customers. More than 700 people have been tested for the disease due to possible exposure, Fox 59 reports.

Those who have tested positive must have a follow-up chest x-ray in the next month to determine if the TB remains active. There is no vaccine for TB.

The disease is spread from person to person by breathing in droplets that have been coughed into the air by someone who is infected. Symptoms of TB include night sweats, fever, weight loss, weakness, chest pain, coughing and blood-producing coughs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TB is caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium. The disease is notorious for infecting the lungs but can also attack the brain, spine and kidney. Not all those with TB infections become sick. Latent TB infection is when the bacteria live in the body without making the person sick. Those with latent TB infection are not contagious. When the TB bacteria become active, those infected become sick and contagious.