Local Reaction To Tuberculosis Scare

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Earlier this month, a man ignored doctor's warnings and flew to Europe while infected with the XDR strain of Tuberculosis. Now a massive search is underway for those who were exposed to the potentially fatal disease on two international flights.

Tuberculosis can be spread when a person with an active case of the disease sneezes or coughs and another person breathes in those germs.

As of now, state officials say there are no reported cases of this strain in Kentucky.

"We've been notified by the state that there's no one from Kentucky that have been reported to have that particular strain," said Registered Nurse Julie Davidson of the Barren River District Health Department.

Still, South Central Kentucky has had several cases of the disease over the years, but Davidson said this area shouldn't be worried.

"Usually every year we have a few cases of TB. It usually fluctuates just a little bit, but usually just a few cases in this district each year," Davidson said.

The Center for Disease Control said between 1993 and 2006, 49 cases of the XDR Tuberculosis have been reported in the United States.

Symptoms of the disease include tiredness, unexpected weight loss and coughing up blood.

Davidson said anyone who thinks they might have TB are urged to see their doctor or visit a health clinic.

For more information on the following subjects click on their links:
XDR TB
TB Facts
TB Skin Testing

For more information from the Center for Disease Control on Tuberculosis, click here and for local help contact The Barren River Health Department by going to their website, barrenriverhealth.org.


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