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.

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by Associated Press

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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