LAS VEGAS (AP) — Health officials will test up to 200 students and teachers for tuberculosis after one case was confirmed at a Las Vegas high school.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis at a private Christian school in North Carolina.
WRAL-TV reports that Cumberland County health officials were...
Colorado middle school to be tested for tuberculosis
DENVER (AP) — Students and staff at a middle school in the Denver area will be tested for tuberculosis after prior screening showed positive results for the infection.
2 tuberculosis cases reported at Georgia elementary schools
ROME, Ga. (AP) — Officials say tuberculosis cases have been reported at two elementary schools in Georgia.
The Floyd County School District tells news outlets that one case of TB was...
University of Missouri reports tuberculosis case on campus
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri says a student has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis and left campus voluntarily.
The school said in a news release that campus and...
Missouri student on Columbia campus has active tuberculosis
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri officials say a student on the Columbia campus has active tuberculosis and may have infected other people.
The school announced Monday that the Boone County health department is working with university health officials to determine whether other students and staff need testing.
Privacy laws prohibit the release of any information about the student.
Disease testing delayed after Alaska lab damaged in quake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A state health lab was damaged in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck south-central Alaska, delaying scientists' ability to test for tuberculosis, botulism and other dangerous diseases.
1 case of tuberculosis confirmed in Mississippi high school
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed at a Mississippi high school.
News outlets reported the Mississippi Department of Health has been working to notify students and staff members at Provine High School in Jackson who may have been exposed.
Health department officials say they will test about 200 students and faculty in the next few weeks.
Tuberculosis outbreak associated with Mankato university
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a tuberculosis outbreak among people associated with Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Site central to Adirondack’s role in TB care to be a museum
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Plans have been approved to turn a building central to Saranac Lake's historic role in caring for tuberculosis patients into a museum.
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that Historic Saranac Lake's site plan to renovate Dr. E.L. Trudeau's home and office into a museum was approved by the village Development Board on Tuesday night.
Ex-VA patient’s positive TB test prompts NC center testing
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Patients and staff at a Veterans Affairs center in North Carolina are being tested for tuberculosis after a former patient tested positive.
North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is not addressed soon, according to health experts familiar with the situation in the North.
Countries pledge billions to fight tuberculosis worldwide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Health Organization says governments have agreed to contribute $13 billion a year by 2022 to prevent and treat tuberculosis, a communicable disease that claimed at least 1.3 million lives last year.
The agency said Wednesday that countries at a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly committed an additional $2 billion annually for research into TB.
Governments to discuss tackling tuberculosis at UN summit
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Governments from around the world will gather Wednesday to discuss the persistent scourge of tuberculosis, which last year claimed more lives than any other communicable disease.
About 1.3 million people worldwide died of TB in 2017. A further 300,000 people with both HIV and TB died in last year, according to World Health Organization figures released this month.
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — A former sanitarium from the 19th century that made the Adirondack village of Saranac Lake famous for curing tuberculosis is up for sale.
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that the 64-acre former Trudeau Sanatorium is listed for $6.5 million and will be auctioned on Sept. 25.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A case of active tuberculosis has been confirmed at a South Carolina high school.
Citing a South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control release, news outlets report that someone associated with West Ashley High School in Charleston has tuberculosis. The agency cannot reveal any details about who the person is.
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — An historic preservation group in New York is preparing to purchase a building central to Saranac Lake's role in revolutionizing the care of tuberculosis patients.
- San Antonio Express-NewsSan Antonio man can’t leave a TB hospital for up to a yearApril 11, 2019
- WRAL-TVCase of tuberculosis confirmed at Village Christian Academy in FayettevilleMarch 2, 2019
- The Washington TimesNumber of sick kids soars at border; tuberculosis, flu, infections land migrants in hospitalsDecember 31, 2018
- Beatrice Daily SunOne Teacher's Unexpected DiagnosisDecember 21, 2018
- Star TribuneMinnesota counties test video for daily check-ins with TB patientsNovember 6, 2018
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Doctor O Yong Il swings open a glass door with a bright orange biohazard sign and gestures to the machine he hoped would revolutionize his life's work. It's called the GeneXpert and it's about the size of a household microwave oven. As chief of North Korea's National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, Dr. O saw it as a godsend.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore firefighters on Thursday cleared people out of two medical research buildings due to tuberculosis contamination, but authorities later said there was no risk of infection to anyone and the evacuation order was lifted.
Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman with Johns Hopkins Medicine, said a small sample of frozen tuberculosis was "inadvertently released" in an internal bridge between two cancer research buildings that don't connect to the hospital.
LONDON (AP) — When Thiago Silva moved to Russia more than a decade ago, tuberculosis nearly derailed his career.
This year, the Brazil defender will be back in the country playing at the World Cup.
The 33-year-old Silva joined Dynamo Moscow in 2005 but soon felt chest pain that needed to be checked out. It was found to be tuberculosis, which put him in the hospital for five months. Russian doctors even considered removing part of his lungs.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials say equipment problems at a state laboratory may have resulted in false results for almost 200 people tested for tuberculosis.
Officials said Friday that they have notified affected health care providers of the problem recently identified by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials say they've identified an Auburn University student with a case of pulmonary tuberculosis.
The state Department of Public Health says they notified the school this week of plans to investigate and ensure that students and employees will be screened quickly to see if they were infected.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A caregiver at Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, a contagious disease.
Jennifer Burrows, chief nursing executive, said the hospital is in the process of notifying patients who came in contact with the employee.
Get on board, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.
First stop: Malawi, 1990.
The HIV/tuberculosis epidemic is unyielding in one of the poorest nations in the world. Thokozile Phiri-Nkhoma witnesses “funeral after funeral” at age 6.
“It was like a massacre,” she recalls. “People were dying every day. My family was not spared.”
Johnston County health and education officials were responding Tuesday to a case of tuberculosis at Clayton High School.
Officials didn't say whether the case involved a student or staff member, and they didn't have an estimate of the number of people exposed.
Clayton High remained open Tuesday, a day after letters were sent home with students seeking parental permission for TB testing.
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE — On April 11, 1993, Easter Sunday, about 450 prisoners in Cellblock L at the maximum-security Southern Ohio Correctional Facility started a riot that would become one of the longest in U.S. history. Over 11 days, nine inmates and a prison guard died.
Among contributing factors was a fear among Muslim inmates that prison officials were going to force them to be vaccinated for tuberculosis, which would have been a religious breach.
- Business WireAHF Urges G20 to Prioritize Public Health; Fully Fund the Global FundApril 19, 2019
- Business WireAHF Urges G20 to Prioritize Public Health; Fully Fund the Global FundApril 19, 2019
- Business WireQIAGEN’s QuantiFERON®-TB Passes Milestone of 60 Million Tests in Global Fight against Tuberculosis, Current Annual Run Rate Exceeds 12 Million TestsApril 11, 2019
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state Health Department says it has diagnosed a student at the University of Mississippi with tuberculosis.
Health officials say they're trying to identify other students on the Oxford campus who may be exposed to infection and plan to test about 500 people for tuberculosis. People who are going to be tested will get a letter, and the state says a second round of testing may be necessary.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A tuberculosis case has been confirmed at an Alabama school but there is no longer a risk of others being exposed to the disease.
News outlets report the Jefferson County health department notified Birmingham schools last week about the case at Green Acres Middle School. Students return to classrooms Tuesday after school officials had alerted parents Friday to the TB.
A group of immigration attorneys are asking federal authorities to launch an investigation into the treatment of 80 African detainees, many of them Somalis from Minnesota, after dozens of them reported verbal and physical abuse in a Texas detention facility.
The Somali, Sudanese, Kenyan and Gambian immigrants were set to fly out earlier this month, but their flight has been rescheduled more than once. They remain at Coastal Bend Detention Center in Robstown, Texas.
LINCOLN - Nebraska’s tuberculosis rate is about half the national rate.
Heather Krieger, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) program manager, says that is due to our low population density.
Saturday is World TB Day, marking the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes tuberculosis.
Krieger says the state’s TB program is designed to help local health departments and doctors.
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Eric Friedman, Georgetown University and Drew Aiken, Georgetown University
DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 65-year-old woman in relatively good health. I’ve been diagnosed with a nontuberculous mycobacterial lung infection (mycobacterium avium-intracellulare, or MAI) leading to bronchiectasis. I’m taking three antibiotics (rifampin, azithromycin and ethambutol). I’ve been referred to specialists in both infectious diseases and pulmonary medicine.After several CT scans, the doctors have determined that I have significant damage to the middle lobe of my right lung and to the top...
Health officials testing patrons as TB cases linked to bars
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Officials are offering $20 gift cards to bar patrons who will come in for testing after health screenings linked tuberculosis to five nightclubs in the southeastern Alabama city of Dothan.
The Alabama Department of Public Health says the tests are free and begin Tuesday, with the first 300 participants to get Walmart gift cards.
41 children to be tested after worked tests positive for TB
CINCINNATI (AP) — A county health department in southwest Ohio says children, staff members and others will be tested for tuberculosis because of concerns that a former day care center worker may have exposed them to the infectious bacterial disease.
W-B City Council Will Consider Approval Of Tuberculosis Grant
WILKES-BARRE — While some high-immigrant areas in the United States have seen high incidences or recent outbreaks of tuberculosis, cases in Wilkes-Barre remain relatively low despite the city’s influx of foreign-born residents, according to health officials.
Testing urged for students exposed to tuberculosis case
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — County health officials are urging some middle school students and teachers outside of Portland, Oregon to get tested for tuberculosis.
The Clark County Public Health department said it sent letters to those who may have been exposed to a case.
The unidentified person at Wy'East Middle School in Vancouver, Washington was recently found to have the infectious disease.
Texas officials investigating possible tuberculosis exposure
El PASO, Texas (AP) — Health officials say about 150 high school students in western Texas may have been exposed to tuberculosis.
El Paso's Department of Public Health is investigating the possible TB exposure at Hanks High School. Officials believe a student came in close contact with someone who had an active case of TB.
Robert Resendes is the director of the city's Public Health Department. He says free testing will be available to those who may have been exposed.
Medical group: 953 vaccines, tests may be ineffective
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut medical group recommends more than 900 people get second vaccinations or tuberculosis tests because the first vaccines and tests might have been ineffective.
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group said Tuesday that the vaccines and tests may not have been stored in accordance with manufacturers' recommended temperature guidelines.
Durham County public health officials said Monday that tests on hundreds of students and staff members at Northern High School turned up no new cases of tuberculosis.
A student was diagnosed last month with the highly contagious respiratory illness, and health officials tested more than 200 students and staffers at Northern High who were potentially exposed to it.
New chief of Global Fund says accountability is ‘imperative’
LONDON (AP) — The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how its billions of dollars are spent to fight the three killer diseases.
The Global Fund's board appointed Peter Sands to be its new chief on Tuesday. Sands, a Briton, is a former chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Bank.
Tuberculosis case reported in Syracuse school district
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Health officials in central New York say they have identified an active case of tuberculosis in the Syracuse City School District.
Onondaga County Health Department officials say the infected person is affiliated with Fowler High School's Public Service Leadership. Officials did not disclose if the person was a student, faculty member or staff member.
The district is working with the health department to identify individuals who may have been exposed.
St. Louis Zoo elephant Ellie treated for tuberculosis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of the most popular residents of the St. Louis Zoo is being treated for tuberculosis, but zoo officials say the prognosis is good.
Ellie is a 46-year-old Asian elephant and the mother of three other elephants living at the zoo.
The zoo's director of animal health, Luis Padilla, said in a statement Thursday that the illness was detected early through routine blood tests and a trunk culture. Other elephants in her family are being monitored.
Health officials by late Tuesday had tested 35 people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis by a patient who was treated in Fremont and later died in Omaha.
Terra Uhing, executive director of the Three Rivers Health Department in Fremont, said testing of 16 additional people was likely.
The patient was first seen Oct. 29 in Fremont and transferred that day to an Omaha hospital. Uhing said the patient died Friday. She declined to provide details.
Officials following up on tuberculosis patient’s death
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Health officials have begun to assess whether they need to treat anyone who was exposed to tuberculosis by a patient who has died in Omaha.
The patient was treated Oct. 29 at Fremont Health and transferred an Omaha hospital that day. Terra Uhing of the Three Rivers Health Department says the patient died Friday. No details about the patient are being released.
The department covers Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties.
Elderly Hmong residents affected by tuberculosis outbreak
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A tuberculosis outbreak among elderly Hmong residents of Minnesota is proving deadly and costly, in part due to antibiotic resistance.
State health officials say six of 17 people who contracted tuberculosis in Ramsey County have died, three of them as a direct result of the disease.
The outbreak has primarily affected elderly residents of the Hmong community. Ten cases have been linked to a senior center. Four other Hmong residents were also infected.
A Ramsey County outbreak of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis has grown to 17 cases, making it the largest in the country and prompting state health officials to monitor several hundred more people who may have been exposed.
Yes on Lorain County Issue 3, the tuberculosis renewal levy: endorsement editorial
Yes on Lorain County Issue 3, the tuberculosis renewal levy: endorsement editorial
You don't often see a special levy for a disease on the ballot, but Lorain County is asking voters to support Issue 3, a 0.065-mill five-year renewal levy for the care and treatment of people who are suffering from tuberculosis, which can be deadly and extremely contagious.
Case of tuberculosis confirmed at Troy University
TROY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health and Troy University are investigating a case of active pulmonary tuberculosis that was identified in a student.
State health officials notified the university Wednesday that they were investigating a case of TB found on the university's main campus.