Jefferson County, GA (WJBF) – On Friday, February 26th tuberculosis (TB) screening was conducted at Louisville Academy on individuals that were identified for possibly having had contact with two TB “suspects” at the school.
The initial contact investigations that resulted in TB screening of those that were tested shows that, of the 154 contacts screened, 12 contacts were identified for TB exposure and have been referred for further evaluation. Health officials say that this only means that they were exposed, not that they have active TB. No additional active TB cases have been detected.
In the U.S., tuberculosis is easily treatable, and most patients experience a full recovery. Even after becoming infected, many people who have the TB bacteria in their bodies will never develop the active disease. The key is early detection.
If you are experiencing any unexplained fever, chills, night sweat, cough for 3 weeks or longer, coughing up blood, decreased appetite, or weight loss please think TB and follow up with your medical provider. Additional information on TB from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found here.