Tuberculosis Confirmed in Blue Earth County

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(Mankato, MN) – A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that there have been 13 “counted” cases of tuberculosis in the state so far this year, including one case in Blue Earth County. In addition, there have been nearly three-dozen probable cases statewide.

The counted TB case in Blue Earth County is the only one in southern Minnesota. Nine have been in the Twin Cities, while Stearns, St. Louis and Clay counties have all had one case.

Since 2002, there have nearly 20 active TB cases in Blue Earth County, along with hundreds of latent cases over that time.

A latent case is when a person is infected with TB bacteria that are not active, so they have no symptoms and can not spread the disease to others. Treatment is with antibiotics for six months or more, and monthly visits from a Public Health Nurse.

Those with active infections can spread the disease and may require isolation. They also need antibiotics and Daily Observation Therapy for 6 to 9 months.

Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. The classic symptoms of active TB are a chronic cough, fever, night sweats and weight loss.

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