Tuberculosis outbreak hits Mankato State

Once a widespread killer, tuberculosis has been reduced to a rarity in the United States, thanks to advances in antibiotics and infectious disease control. But it’s still virulent overseas. And sometimes, it hits home. A recent outbreak of the illness in southern Minnesota has been traced to Mankato State University. At least eight people associated with the university have come down with active infections, and another 30 have been identified as latent carriers (meaning they tested positive for it but haven’t developed any symptoms and aren’t contagious). The state Health Department is warning that anyone who has been on campus since August 2016 should pay attention to respiratory symptoms that could indicate an infection. What is TB and why is it dangerous? Tuberculosis is lung infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It spreads through airborne particles from coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include: Persistent cough Chest pain…

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