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Health officials investigating tuberculosis case

An investigation is underway after health officials say a healthcare worker has a case of a tuberculosis.

Officials with the Fayette County Health Department say the patient is a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, and is also a student at Eastern Kentucky University.

The patient lives in Lexington. Health officials say that person has been isolated, and has been undergoing treatment since being identified in mid-October.

Health officials are now trying to figure out who the patient may have come in contact with.

Officials at the Madison County Health Department say the patient had limited on-campus activity at EKU, which reduced the number of potential exposures there.

Good Samaritan Hospital is sending letters to patients who may have been exposed. UK Healthcare has set up a toll-free phone number if people have any questions, 1-800-207-1268.

According to the health officials, tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that usually attacks the lungs. It's spread when a person with the disease coughs or sneezes, and another person breaths in that air.

Tuberculosis symptoms include feeling weak, weight loss, fever, night sweats, coughing, and chest pain. Some patients may also cough up blood.

For more information on tuberculosis, click on the link attached to this story.


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