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Case of active tuberculosis found at Bullhead City school

Mojave County, Arizona — The Mojave County Public Health Department is responding to active tuberculosis cases detected at: diamondback elementary school Located in Bullhead City School District. The school has identified more than 400 people who may be infected.

The incident was discovered on August 1, 2023, and “an investigation was launched immediately,” MCDPH said. The department is working with school administrators to set up a TB skin testing clinic for potentially infected students, staff and families at Diamondback Elementary School.

The clinic will open on Friday, August 11th, with a follow-up visit on Monday, August 14th.

Any interested or affected person may call the dedicated MCDPH Helpline. 928-753-8665. The line is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Affected individuals may also email the responsible department at askanurse@mohave.gov.

The police did not disclose whether the infected person was a student at the school.

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Tuberculosis is a serious but treatable disease that is spread by airborne particles. According to the Centers for Disease Control. Tuberculosis usually attacks the lungs, but it can also damage the kidneys, spine and brain. Without treatment, tuberculosis can be fatal.

Vaccines are available for tuberculosis, but vaccines are not commonly used in the United States, where tuberculosis is less common. A person may not be contagious even if they test positive for tuberculosis. Confirmed that only active TB can be sent.

For more information on treatment options, please visit: cdc.gov/tb/topics/treatment.

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