TB Investigation in Progress and Special Clinics Set Up

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County today announced that individuals who have made multiple visits to the Galaxy Nail Spa at 9644 North Springboro Pike in Miami Township since March 1 of this year may have been exposed to TB. They should attend special TB clinics to get a free TB test.

Individuals who have a medical condition or receive treatments that weaken their immune systems and have visited the Spa even once since March 1 also may have been exposed to TB. They need to go to special clinics and be tested for TB.

If anyone has any questions, they should call 225-6217 for testing details.

TB testing involves a two-part process. The first day a skin test is administered to the arm.  Then 2 days later, a nurse examines the arm to see how the individual has responded to the skin test.  Therefore, anyone being tested must be personally present on both days.

Free TB testing for those associated with the Galaxy Nail Spa will be available in the Public Health offices at the Reibold Building, Second floor, 117 South Main Street at the times indicated below:

No appointments are necessary.

Option A:

Day One – Part One

Skin test administered

Monday, August 19

12-4 pm

Day Two – Part Two

Nurse reads skin test

Wednesday, August 21

12-4 pm

 

Option B:

Day One – Part One

Skin test administered

Tuesday, August 20

8 am – Noon

Day Two – Part Two

Nurse reads skin test

Thursday, August 22

8 am – Noon

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is investigating Montgomery County’s first case of 2013 involving multiple-drug-resistant tuberculosis. An employee of Galaxy Nail Spa at 9644 North Springboro Pike in Miami Township has been determined to have infectious TB and is now receiving treatment. The employee is not currently working at the Spa and current customers are not at risk of becoming infected. However, clients who may have been exposed through multiple visits since March 1 should be tested for TB, or if they have a weakened immune system and attended even once, they should be tested.

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery is actively involved in contact investigation of those who may have visited the spa during the time in question. However, because it is difficult to identify all walk-in clients that may have visited multiple times or may have weakened immune systems, it is necessary that Public Health involve local media to get the message out to the general public.

Public Health is conducting 2 free TB clinics in order to test anyone who thinks they may have been exposed. Anyone with questions should call 225-6217 to learn more.

Tuberculosis Information

Basic TB Facts

Tuberculosis (TB) is disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. A person with TB can die if they do not get treatment.

TB Symptoms

The common symptoms of TB disease include weight loss, fever, and night sweats. Symptoms of TB disease of the lungs also include coughing, chest pain, and the coughing up blood.

How TB Spreads

TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. TB is NOT spread by shaking someone’s hand, sharing food or drink, sharing towels or linens.

Latent TB Infection and TB Disease

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection and TB disease.

Latent TB Infection

TB bacteria can live in the body without making you sick. This is called latent TB infection. In most people who breathe in TB bacteria and become infected, the body is able to fight the bacteria to stop them from growing. People with latent TB infection do not feel sick and do not have any symptoms. People with latent TB infection are not infectious and cannot spread TB bacteria to others. Many people who have latent TB infection never develop TB disease.  However, if TB bacteria become active in the body and multiply, the person will go from having latent TB infection to being sick with TB disease.

TB Disease

TB bacteria become active if the immune system can't stop them from growing. When TB bacteria are active (multiplying in your body), this is called TB disease. People with TB disease are sick. They may also be able to spread the bacteria to people they spend time with every day. Some people develop TB disease soon after becoming infected (within weeks) before their immune system can fight the TB bacteria. Other people may get sick years later when their immune system becomes weak for another reason. For people whose immune systems are weak, especially those with HIV infection, the risk of developing TB disease is much higher than for people with normal immune systems.

Testing for TB Infection

There are two kinds of tests that are used to detect TB bacteria in the body: the TB skin test (TST) and TB blood tests. If you have a positive reaction to either of the tests, you will be given other tests to see if you have latent TB infection or TB disease.

Information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/basics)

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