Tuberculosis Scare Hits Nevada Schools: Health Officials Launch Investigation

Tuberculosis Scare Hits Nevada Schools: Health officials have initiated a tuberculosis investigation following the revelation of an active infection in an individual who had been present on numerous elementary and high school campuses in Nevada’s most populous county, as reported by the Associated Press.

The individual, whose identity remains undisclosed, was reported to have visited 26 Clark County School District campuses and a training site before being diagnosed with TB. The Southern Nevada Health District has released a list of affected schools and is notifying individuals believed to have been in close contact with the person. Individual notifications are underway at 17 campuses for potential exposures, with no identified exposures at eight campuses so far, according to the AP. Health district officials emphasized that not everyone exposed will be infected, and not everyone infected will develop the active disease.

Tuberculosis, easily spread in crowded conditions, can manifest symptoms such as persistent coughing, chest pain, coughing up blood or phlegm, weakness, weight loss, chills, fever, night sweats, and loss of appetite, according to health officials.

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