Douglas Co child diagnosed with tuberculosis

The Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday it is investigating a series of tuberculosis cases that appear to be related. In December, DCHD learned that a person from another state who stayed with his family was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Since then, 31 people in Douglas County have been tested for tuberculosis. Of these, it was discovered that 13 people had latent tuberculosis, and one child has a confirmed case of active TB. “Latent means that it is only inactive in your body and is not contagious, but that it could eventually become active TB, so it is important that these people receive a treatment that can last up to several months,” said Dr. Anne O ‘ Keefe, senior epidemiologist, with DCHD. O’Keefe added that it is difficult to get the disease. Tuberculosis spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. “It takes a while to develop symptoms and it depends on which organ is infected. If you have tuberculosis in the bones, then you will have bone pain. If the lungs are present, they go to have symptoms of respiratory disease, “said O’Keefe. Doctors use a combination of antibiotics to treat TB. “This is really a routine contact investigation and just to remember, it’s hard to detect and it’s treatable,” O’Keefe said. The state from which the infected person comes is also seeing similar results. The Department of Health says that of the 30 contacts in that state, nine people tested positive. Stay with KETV NewsWatch 7 as we learn more about the possible impacts this could have on the subway.

The Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday it is investigating a series of tuberculosis cases that appear to be related.

In December, DCHD learned that a person from another state who stayed with his family was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Since then, 31 people in Douglas County have been tested for tuberculosis. Of these, it was discovered that 13 people had latent tuberculosis, and one child has a confirmed case of active TB.

“Latent means that it is only inactive in your body and is not contagious, but that it could eventually become active TB, so it is important that these people receive a treatment that can last up to several months,” said Dr. Anne O ‘ Keefe, senior epidemiologist, with DCHD.

O’Keefe added that it is difficult to get the disease. Tuberculosis spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

“It takes a while to develop symptoms and it depends on which organ is infected. If you have tuberculosis in the bones, then you will have bone pain. If you are in the lungs, you will have symptoms of respiratory disease,” O’Keefe said.

Doctors use a combination of antibiotics to treat TB.

“This is really a routine contact investigation and just to remember, it’s hard to understand and it’s treatable,” O’Keefe said.

The state from which the infected person comes is also seeing similar results. The Department of Health says that of the 30 contacts in that state, nine people tested positive.

Stay with KETV NewsWatch 7 as we learn more about the possible impacts this could have on the subway.

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