TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Indiana expands investigation of TB cases

Indiana begins TB investigation
Indiana begins TB investigation | Courtesy of worldatlas.com

Professionals from the Indiana State Department of Health have collaborated with the Floyd and Clark county health departments to investigate a tuberculosis (TB) case in southern Indiana.

A student from Rock Creek Community Academy, which is in Clark County, recently tested positive for TB. The confirmation was released on May 28, and the student is in isolation and receiving treatments.

Health investigators found a second potential TB case. The person reports having TB symptoms and has an abnormal chest x-ray. A third individual has an abnormal chest X-ray but no symptoms.

“Tuberculosis is a rare disease in the United States, but remains a serious illness and we have responded to this situation immediately,” State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said. “We are offering testing to everyone who has been a close contact of the patient in order to quickly identify any additional active infections so we can provide immediate effective treatment.

“Tuberculosis can happen anywhere and to anyone, especially in our global society,” Adams said. “The best way to stop TB is to rapidly identify those with active infections and provide them with the medical care they need to treat their infections.”

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