Warren Co. Health District: Mason's Kids Korner attendees may have been exposed to Tuberculosis

Posted at 10:25 AM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 10:26:30-04

MASON, Ohio --Some attendees and staff of the Mason Community Center’s Kids Korner could have been exposed to an active case of Tuberculosis, according to The Warren County Health District.

The situation is not an emergency, health officials said Thursday, and all attendees who may have been exposed will receive a phone call from the Warren County Health District if further action is required.

“The risk of exposure is low to the Kids Korner attendees and staff,” the news release said.

Kids Korner attendees and staff with a chronic medical condition and identified as coming in contact with the case are recommended to have a Tuberculosis skin test. Some chronic medical conditions include cancer, HIV, asthma and other lung diseases, long-term steroid therapy and other conditions that cause weakened immune systems.

Those with a chronic health condition that have had contact with the case of TB should receive an initial test by Sept. 13. A follow up test is recommended between Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease that usually attacks the lungs. The bacteria can also attack the kidney, spine and brain. The disease is spread through the air from person to person when a infectious person coughs, sneezes or speaks and someone nearby breathes in the bacteria.

Prolonged exposure to the bacteria is usually necessary for infection to occur. Symptoms include low fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss and persistent cough. A positive skin test normally occurs 4- 12 weeks after exposure.

The Warren County Health District is working with the Mason Community Center, the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health to ensure the health of the community, the news release said.

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