Confirmed case of tuberculosis found in Johnson County - KCTV5

Confirmed case of tuberculosis found in Johnson County

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A recent positive case of infectious pulmonary tuberculosis has been confirmed in Johnson County.

The individual had previously been a patient at Overland Park Regional Medical Center and potentially affected a limited number of staff and patients, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday.

The patient is currently in isolation and responding well to treatment.

Health officials believe the risk of transmission is extremely low, and tuberculosis testing is being conducted as a standard precautionary measure.

Overland Park Regional said they are cooperating with public health officials' efforts and following best practice guidelines to effectively address the investigation.

"A thorough contact investigation began immediately to determine anyone who may have been exposed to the patient," said Dr. John Romito, chief medical officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. "People, including staff and patients, who need to undergo testing in the next week have already been contacted."

Tuberculosis is spread through the air by coughing, laughing, singing and sneezing. The only way to contract the infection is by prolonged close contact in very close proximity to a person who has the disease.

It cannot be spread through casual contact or by contact with someone's clothing or eating utensils.

Symptoms include a productive cough persisting more than three weeks, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, chills, fever, coughing up blood, fatigue or blood in the urine.

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