by Grand Forks Herald
December 20, 2012 at 3:55 am in Grand Forks Herald
Two new cases of active tuberculosis have been identified in the Grand Forks area, bringing the number of active cases to 15, the North Dakota Department of Health reported today. Continue Reading
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Where did the tuberculosis originate?
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It did come from a certain family who came recently into the community, Shields said.
“They are not refugees and not an immigrant family,” Shields said Monday. “They are folks who are homeless and don’t have an address here in Grand Forks. They are Americans. They traveled through here and stayed with friends, and (TB) passed from them to” members of the family in the house.
However, it might be useful to remember that TB is already present in the population of North Dakota. In 2010, North Dakota had 574 reported cases of latent TB, and 12 cases of active TB disease.
One-third of the population worldwide has TB, and most of them have the latent form–no symptoms, not contagious.
More info from the Centers for Disease Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/tb/. North Dakota’s Dept. of Health website also has info: http://www.ndhealth.gov/Disease/NewsLetters/EpiArchives/QTR1-11.pdf
We covered this in detail the last go round. TB is in every county of state state in the nation. TB is part of the flora and fauna.
Asking where did it come from is like asking why is the sky blue.
It flares up, it dies down. This is just part of the normal cycle.
With the population increasing, expect these stories to become so common they are no longer reported. It is just part of living.
Want to avoid TB? Don’t live in a homeless shelter, don’t get put in jail, avoid nursing homes, and hold your breath at Hugos.
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