Two cases of TB confirmed in Hart County

Georgia Public Health officials have confirmed two cases of active tuberculosis (TB) in Hart County. Dave Palmer, public information officer for Georgia Public Health District 2 in Gainesville, told WSGC News that both patients are being treated for the disease and are responding satisfactorily to the medication.
Palmer said other people who have been exposed to those two individuals in Hart County have been contacted and are being screened for TB, and so far no other cases have been uncovered. Initial screening for tuberculosis involves a skin test, with a positive screening followed up by a blood test and chest X-ray.
In the 13-county District 2, which does not include Elbert County, there were five TB cases between 2011 and 2016. Palmer said tuberculosis is typically diagnosed by a patient’s healthcare provider when symptoms including prolonged cough, fever and night sweats are present.

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