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Confirmed: Tuberculosis discovered at an Akron high school

Akron North High School (Source: WOIO) Akron North High School (Source: WOIO)
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Summit County Health officials are investigating a confirmed case of Tuberculosis at an Akron high school.

Officials said the person with the disease is a part of the North High School community. However, they won’t say if it is a student or staff member affected. That person is not currently in the school.

No other information was immediately available.

SUMMIT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON TB:

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also
affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. A person with TB can die if they do not get treatment.

What are the Symptoms of TB?
The general symptoms of TB disease include feelings of sickness or weakness, weight loss, fever, and night sweats. The symptoms of TB
disease of the lungs also include coughing, chest pain, and the coughing up of blood. Symptoms of TB disease in other parts of the body depend
on the area affected.

How is TB Spread?
TB germs are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. These germs can stay in the air
for several hours, depending on the environment. Persons who breathe in the air containing these TB germs can become infected; this is called
latent TB infection.

How is TB Disease Treated?
TB disease can be treated by taking several drugs for 6 to 12 months. It is very important that people who have TB disease finish the
medicine, and take the drugs exactly as prescribed. If they stop taking the drugs too soon, they can become sick again; if they do
not take the drugs correctly, the germs that are still alive may become resistant to those drugs. TB that is resistant to drugs is harder and more
expensive to treat. In some situations, staff of the local health department meet regularly with patients who have TB to watch them
take their medications. This is called directly observed therapy (DOT). DOT helps the patient complete treatment in the least amount of
time.

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