N.D. health officials: 26 TB cases traced to Grand ForksTwenty-six active tuberculosis cases have now been linked to a Grand Forks outbreak that came to light in October, state health officials reported Thursday.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
Twenty-six active tuberculosis cases have now been linked to a Grand Forks outbreak that came to light in October, state health officials reported Thursday.
Back in February, it was believed that there were 16 cases. Even then it was considered by health care experts to be one of the largest outbreaks in state history.
The Health Department said it now knows of two cases in 2010, 20 in 2012 and four so far in 2013 that originated in Grand Forks County. All were located in the county except three that were in Cass and Stutsman counties.
In addition there were 69 latent cases in which people carry the TB bacteria in their bodies but are not sick.
The disease, which attacks the lungs, brain and kidneys, is potentially lethal. It was first detected at Phoenix Elementary School in Grand Forks and later traced to a homeless family living with friends in town.
The department said it continues to investigate the outbreak.