May 17, 2013 at 9:03 am
North Dakota health officials say we may not have seen the last of the t-b cases linked to an outbreak that originated in the grand forks area. The north Dakota health department says a total of 26 cases of active tuberculosis have been identified to date. The vast majority of those have been in grand forks county. The outbreak prompted testing of students and teachers in three grand forks schools. The health department’s dee pritschet says even though over 13-hundred people have been screened through t-b skin tests it’s possible there could be additional cases out there. Pritschet says compounding the problem is that t-b is a slow growing organism.
The most recent cases involve two adults who tested positive for t-b in april. Health officials say a family was first exposed to the illness when they gave shelter to some homeless visitors.