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Tuberculosis Spike Reported in Y-K Village
Alaska state health officials say they have responded to a village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region that experienced a spike in active tuberculosis cases.
ANCHORAGE- Alaska state health officials say they have responded to a village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region that experienced a spike in active tuberculosis cases.
Officials say eight active cases of TB have been confirmed since March. The village has not been identified.
Michael Cooper, the tuberculosis control program manager for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, says there is no cause for alarm.
Cooper says treatment and public health control measures are implemented for each case of active tuberculosis.
TB is an infectious disease primarily affecting the lungs.
Officials recommend screenings if people have a persistent cough, are spitting up blood, have night sweats, weight loss, fever or fatigue.
Tonight on Your Alaska Link