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Good Question:Since an EKU student tested positive for TB, what's being done to protect the community?

The World Health Organization says Tuberculosis continues to be a major health threat world wide.

Thursday morning health leaders with five organizations including the Fayette County and Madison County Health Departments will hold a conference call concerning a recent case of Tuberculosis.

Good Question-Jessica in Berea: Since an EKU student tested positive for TB, what's being done to protect the community?

The Fayette County woman who works at Good Samaritan and who was also a student at EKU has been undergoing treatment since mid October.

Health officials in Madison and Fayette counties have spent the last several weeks notifying those at risk.

"When we look for contact, we're looking for people who have been in close space with the individual who has symptoms such as cough or sneezing," said Christi Green with the Madison County Health Department.

TB has often been referred to as consumption, simply because it seems to consume a person from within.

TB is a disease caused by bacteria that attacks the lungs and can cause coughing.

"TB is spread by droplets typically spread when someone who has an active case of TB disease has symptoms such as cough and the droplets are spread by coughing or sneezing," said Green.

According to the Centers for Disease Control there are two types of TB.

Latent TB infection is when someone has TB germs in their body, but they are not sick because its not active.

The CDC says people with Latent TB cannot spread the disease.

TB Disease happens when the germs are active meaning they are multiplying and destroying tissue in the body.

Symptoms include weakness, weight loss, night sweats, coughing, chest pain and coughing up blood.

As for the numbers in this country, 2009 marked the 17 year for TB being on the decline.

Last year there were nearly 12,000 cases, 77 were reported in Kentucky and only five here in Fayette County.

TB has a ten to twelve week incubation period.

Health officials say they are certain they've been able to get to those the woman may have come in contact with before spreading the disease.

Centers for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/tb/


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