Total of Indiana residents testing positive for TB rises to 85

TB investigation continues in Indiana.
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The Indiana State Department of Health said on Friday that the number of positive tuberculosis (TB) skin-tested individuals has increased from 54 to 85.

As of Friday, all of these patients have been tied to a student recently diagnosed with TB. The student is now quarantined and receiving treatment.

In addition, a second TB patient, who reported having TB symptoms, as well as abnormal chest X-rays, has been identified. A third person without symptoms, but with an abnormal chest X-ray, also has been identified.

The Indiana State Department of Health and the health departments in Floyd and Clark Counties have collaborated to conduct a thorough investigation.

“The Indiana State Department of Health continues to investigate this situation, and we want Hoosiers to know that we are offering testing to everyone who has been in close contact with the patient,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams said. “We want to quickly identify anyone who may have been exposed so we can provide immediate, effective treatment to prevent infection.

“We want to ensure the best possible health for Hoosiers,” Adams said. “Unfortunately, TB can affect anyone, and the best way to stop it is to quickly identify individuals with active infections and provide them with the medical care they need to treat their infections.”

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