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Confirmed TB Case Reported

Mar 01, 2019

Cumberland County Department of Public Health officials are investigating a single confirmed tuberculosis case involving a person at Village Christian Academy, 908 S McPherson Church Road. The local health department was notified on Feb. 26 about the confirmed case and is required by law to investigate. The department follows the North Carolina TB Control Program protocols in managing investigations.

The school’s administration is working closely with health department officials to take appropriate actions, including notifying parents, faculty and staff about the confirmed TB case in an emailed letter. Health officials say there is a select group of people who may have been potentially exposed to the disease through close and prolonged contact with the individual.

“While it is important for students and staff to be aware of the situation, only a select group of people may have been exposed, and no one is at immediate risk of any health problems. TB is a disease that generally develops over weeks to months, and it is completely curable with medications.  If there are any questions or concerns regarding this exposure, please contact the Cumberland County Department of Public Health,” said Interim Health Director Duane Holder.

In a separate communication, the Health Department and school will be contacting any individuals who may have been exposed to ensure that they receive appropriate TB screening.

“Through our patient contact investigation, we are confident we have a good list of possible contacts and no one is at immediate risk. There is no need to skin test the entire school population,” Holder said. Only individuals contacted by the Health Department need TB skin testing, which is done by placing a small amount of testing solution under the skin of the arm.

TB skin testing will be performed at the school on March 6 and will be read on March 8 by nurses.  Or, individuals may go to their Primary Care Provider.

Village parents, teachers and staff who have questions regarding TB testing should contact the Health Department at 910-433-3645 or 433-3655, 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.  Symptoms include: productive cough lasting longer than three weeks, unexplained fever, profuse sweating at night, appetite loss, unexplained weight loss, shortness of breath, chest pain, and excessive fatigue. 

A positive skin test result does not mean that a person is sick with TB or that he or she will develop TB disease. If an individual has a positive TB skin test, he or she will be referred to the Health Department’s Epidemiology Clinic for further follow-up.