Confirmed TB cases in Grand Forks area now at 8

Associated Press Modified: November 9, 2012 at 10:31 am •  Published: November 9, 2012

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed more tuberculosis cases in the Grand Forks area.

Eight cases have now been identified. They include six males and two females who range in age from their 40s to younger than 10.

Officials last month confirmed three cases of TB in Grand Forks County, in adult men. They said Friday that five cases have been confirmed since then, including one in an elementary school student.

City spokesman John Bernstrom says the child was pulled from class and parents of other students were notified when the test results came back on Tuesday. People who might have been exposed will be screened by local public health officials.

TB is a potentially fatal infection that typically attacks the lungs, though it also can affect the kidneys, spine and brain.

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