Tuberculosis case found at McAlester preschool

By: Jessica Wilder Email
By: Jessica Wilder Email

MCALESTER, OK- The Pittsburg County Health Department began testing fifty people for tuberculosis Tuesday morning.

These people may have come in contact with the person who contracted it at the William Gay Early Childhood Center in McAlester.

TB is a lung disease cured using antibiotics and is reportable by law.

The Health Department says they're doing the testing as a precaution...

District Nurse Manager, Melissa Locke says there is no indication that any disease has been transmitted and that the screenings are only being done on those that were in close contact to the case.

Last year Pittsburg county had three active cases of T-B .

The most serious symptoms include coughing up blood, night sweats, and weight loss.

Health professionals say these screenings are common.

According to Julie Powell, an Infectious Disease Nurse there are 9 million cases of TB worldwide.

In a classroom setting... Doctors say it would take about eight hours of heavy exposure to become infected.

Fortunately these cases are uncommon.

The contacts from the school that were screened Tuesday will be screened again in 2 to 3 months.

If both results are negative.... The health department says their investigation is over.

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