Case of TB Confirmed in Thomas County

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Tuberculosis, or TB, is spread by tiny germs made airborne when an infected person sneezes, coughs, shouts or sneezes.

Thomasville High administrators say they're mailing letters to students they believe had the greatest risk of exposure. The Thomas County Health Department will be offering TB tests to students who receive letters.

Carolyn Washington, Director of the Thomas County Health Department, says, "The closest contacts to the index case, who's the person who's actually sick with the disease, we look for those contacts and if we find out we need to spread farther than that, we will after we get these initial close contacts."

The tuberculosis skin test is a simple, painless test, and patients just need to return in three days for the results.

Dr. Tom McCall, Principal of Thomasville High School, says, "Do I think any other students have contracted the disease? I would, if I was a betting man, I would say probably not."

According to the CDC, tuberculosis symptoms include feelings of fatigue, appetite loss, weight loss, fever, and night sweats. The Southwest Georgia Health District says students not receiving letters won't need to be tested.

The agency adds that tuberculosis is curable when treated with proper medications.

The Thomas County Health Department's testing days for students exposed to the disease are Tuesday, July 19 and Friday, July 22.

For information, contact the Thomas County Health Department at 229-226-4241.