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Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

West Virginia: Two cases of TB confirmed in the Huntington area

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department has confirmed two cases of tuberculosis (TB) in patients from the Huntington area, according to a news release Friday.

The two patients are currently being treated for the bacterial infection.

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The health department and the West Virginia Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) continue to investigate those individuals who may have had contact with the confirmed cases.

The State Journal reports the Health Department is making contact with more than 100 people that may have been exposed to the TB.

The general symptoms of TB disease include feeling sick or weak, weight loss, fever and night sweats. The symptoms of TB of the lungs include productive, prolonged cough (duration of three weeks or longer), chest pain, and coughing up blood.

It should be noted that symptoms usually develop gradually and last for a prolonged period of time. This is different than symptoms of the flu, which usually come on very suddenly and go away after a couple of days to a week. Anyone experiencing symptoms of TB should contact his or her health-care provider as soon as possible for an evaluation.

The most important way to stop the spread of tuberculosis is to cover the mouth and nose when coughing, and for those with TB to take the prescribed medication as directed. Always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

You can only get infected by breathing in TB germs that a person coughs into the air. You cannot get TB from someone’s clothes, drinking glass, eating utensils, handshake, toilet, or other surfaces where a TB patient has been.

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