3 more students contract TB in Sheboygan
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CREATED May. 10, 2013
Tuberculosis concerns. Sheboygan now has eight confirmed cases of Tuberculosis.
Five of those are students in the Sheboygan School District. Tonight the news has Brown County health leaders and school administrators taking steps to prevent future cases here.
There are about 70 new cases of tuberculosis in Wisconsin every year. Now school leaders tell us, they don't take these kind of situations lightly.
An active case of tuberculosis found in Sheboygan.
Shiocton Superintendent Chris Vanderheyden says it's every schools nightmare.
"We're kind of always on the edge for things like that will come up."
Brown County health officials say one case is not significant, but this situation is much different.
"When you see that the contacts have been exposed thats where it kind of evolves when you have numerous individials that could potentially been exposed," says Chua Xiong of the Brown County Health Department.
A bad cough, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or weakness and fatigue. All common symptoms of tuberculosis.
At the Shiocton School District Vanderheyden has a plan in place.
"Communicate with folks to the best of your ability to help it from spreading even further."
Every student is required to have up to date immunizations.
And if a case occurs...
"Safe guard that not only i guess allow us but force us for some cases to exclude children from school," says Vanderheyden.
If you notice symptoms get help right away.
"That's the number one thing is to see your healthcare provider so that it can be screened," says Xiong.
In order to stop a spread from happening.
Health officials say Tuberculosis can be spread through coughing, sneezing, and talking. The students in Sheboygan that are affected have been told to stay home from school until they are no longer contagious.