Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuberculosis Case In Upson County

District 4 Public Health and the Upson County Health Department are investigating a suspected tuberculosis case that may have potentially exposed community members to the disease.

Public Health officials have notified people determined to be in close contact with the suspected case and putting them at risk of infection, approximately 11 people will receive continued medical evaluation for positive exposure to the tuberculosis germ.

Free tuberculin skin tests were offered to contacts on a voluntary basis.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 10% of people in the general population tested for TB will have a positive reaction to the TB skin test. The total number of people having a positive reaction in this instance falls within the average for a large group.

Michael Brackett, District 4 Health Director said TB is an infectious disease that is typically spread from person to person through airborne droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can be treated and cured over a period of time with proper medications.

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