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The outbreak of tuberculosis is connected with St. Minnesota, Mancato is being investigated



The Department of Health in Minnesota is investigating an outbreak of tuberculosis among eight people linked to the State University of Minnesota, Mancato.

State health officials want clinics to take care of the symptoms of tuberculosis in adult individuals who have spent time at university since August 2016

"Healthcare providers usually see respiratory problems on average, otherwise healthy 20th something that Minnesoton would not normally think of TB, "said Doug Schultz, a healthcare spokesperson. Risk factors for infection usually include travel abroad to a country where tuberculosis is common, but in this case all except one is infected with tuberculosis in the United States. others who have had close contact with them, Schulz said.

The risk of spreading it to the general public is low, Schultz said.

In order to contain the outbreak, health officials contacted about 700 people who could interact with patients, such as roommates and significant others. Of these, they identified another 30 individuals who have a latent form of tuberculosis, which means they were positive for the bacteria but showed no symptoms. It usually affects the lungs, although bones, spine or other organs can also be infected.

Minnesota clinics typically see about 1

40 TB cases each year, but an outbreak of this size is considered unusual. Removed years ago, about 10,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with it, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Formerly known as consumption, the disease has been greatly softened since the 1950s due to advances in antibiotics. In 1967, more than 70% of those diagnosed were born outside the United States, including Africa and Asia where the disease is common. The percentage of internationally-born tuberculosis patients in Minnesota is over 80%, experts say.

This year, the outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Ramsey County infected 17 people, killing three of them. will probably spread during a brief contact. The most sensitive are those with a prolonged exposure period. Anyone who develops associated symptoms – persistent cough, weight loss, chest pain and fatigue – should immediately seek medical help and contact health care staff of County Blue Earth

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