Testing to Identify Potential TB Transmission
Thursday, 01 December 2016 11:21
¬†A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed in an Benson High School student and the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has planned testing to learn if anyone else has been infected.
‚ÄúThe Health Department has a plan to address this situation,‚ÄĚ Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. ‚ÄúTime is on our side, because TB takes time to develop even if it has been transmitted.‚ÄĚ
The Health Department will hold testing clinics in the coming days, check back with those individuals when the results are available, and follow up in two to three months to confirm the first results.
An investigation has determined 12 staff members and 193 students have had at least some level of exposure that puts them at potential risk for a TB infection.
Here are some important TB facts to keep in mind:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†TB is treatable.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†TB is difficult to catch.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Health Department has experience treating TB cases.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Health Department will:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Conduct a second series of tests in February.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Maintain open communication with the community.
‚ÄúThe process we have put in place has been tested and proven to work,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour said. ‚ÄúThe cooperation from the school and parents has been tremendous.‚ÄĚ
The Health Department‚Äôs website at www.douglascountyhealth.com has additional TB information.