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Suspected TB case reported at Fort Bragg school

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Cumberland County Department of Public Health officials are investigating a suspected tuberculosis case involving a Fort Bragg school employee.

The health department was notified on July 29 of the suspected case and is investigating.

Health officials have a list of 18 individuals from Fort Bragg who may have been exposed to the disease from January 1 to May 30 through close and prolonged contact with an Albritton Middle School employee suspected of having TB.

County health officials have already contacted those people on the list. Only people contacted by the health department need TB skin testing. These affected may either go to their family doctor or the health department's epidemiology clinic at 1235 Ramsey Street for testing.

"We say that the individuals who had been contracted by the health department have been identified as being exposed," said the health department's Dr. Lan Tran-Phu. "So if you have not received a call from the health department asking you to come talk with us, then you should not be worried."

Albritton parents, teachers and staff who have questions regarding TB testing should contact the health department at (910) 433-3638 Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

TB usually affects the lungs and TB germs are transmitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.

Doctors say TB is curable if treated early with medication.

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