Tuberculosis case confirmed in Shelby County

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SHELBY COUNTY – Shelby County health officials have isolated a person who has come down with tuberculosis.

Tests confirmed that the patient had the illness. That person is being treated and is isolated at home.

Health officials don’t consider the man highly contagious, and three children in the home tested negative for TB. The county said further tests could be challenging because they’re short on TB testing material. What’s left will be used to retest children in the house.

The health department also visited the patient’s workplace to inform co-workers.

Symptoms of TB, an airborne diseased caused by bacteria, include a bad cough that lasts for more than two weeks, chest pains, fatigue, fever, night sweats, chills and weight loss or loss of appetite. Symptoms may not appear immediately if someone has been infected, but will come to light if that infection develops into active TB.

For more information about the illness, visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website section on tuberculosis.