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Tuberculosis exposure in Warren County 'not an emergency situation,' health officials say

Source: Department of Pathology, Calicut Medical College Source: Department of Pathology, Calicut Medical College

Warren County officials and parents are taking extra precautions after a child diagnosed with Tuberculosis, or TB, spent time at the Kids Korner located in the Mason Community Center.

Parents of children who might have been exposed to the disease were notified about the case through emails and phone calls.

"I was alarmed by it," Gabriel Hogue, a parent, said. "I know all about TB so I know it can be pretty serious."

TB is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but it can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain.

"It's something you hear about from the past or third world countries, it's not something you hear about here," Parent Brandi Gregory said.

Typical symptoms are a low-grade fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss and a persistent cough. It spreads through the air, like when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The Warren County Health Commissioner said that the child who has TB in Warren County is a "low risk case."

"At this point it's not been spread to any family members," Commissioner Duane Stansbury said. "Very highly unlikely it was passed on to anyone at Kids Korner." 

Still, to be safe, Stansbury said that Kids Korner attendees and staff with a chronic medical condition should receive a TB skin test. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ohio Department of Health.

According to Warren County officials, this is not an emergency situation.

Medical experts said that the reality is anyone could be exposed to TB unexpectedly. Their advice for parents is to always plan ahead and know protocol when taking your child to a daycare.

"It could happen anywhere at any time," Gregory said. "It's just that it's the community center, and it's a large community full of children, so I think it just raised concern, but I would take my children to Kids Korner tomorrow."

All children and staff members who may have been exposed should receive a phone call or an email from the Warren County Health District. The call will provide instructions on further action if any is required.

Contacts with chronic health conditions should receive an initial TB test by Sept. 13.

You may receive the tuberculosis skin test from your physician or the Warren County Health District. TB Tests will be available at the Warren County Health District on September 5, 8, 11 or 12 from 8 AM to 12 PM and from 1 PM to 3:30PM. The TB skin tests will be conducted at their offices at 416 S. East St in Lebanon.

A follow up TB test for these individuals is recommended between Oct. 8 and Oct. 22. If you need further information, you're asked contact the WCHD Tuberculosis Hotline at (513) 925-8282.

In the United State, TB is rare, so there is not a vaccine available. Local officials said they handle about one case a year in Warren County.

You can learn more about TB including symptoms, risk factors and prevention by clicking here.

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