Two tuberculosis cases reported in Macon Co.

 DECATUR -- The Macon County Health Department confirms two cases of tuberculosis.

Two adults are currently undergoing treatment for the disease.The health department says it's taking the necessary steps to anyone who came in contact with the two tuberculosis patients get a medical follow-up.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “TB is a disease that is caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. TB germs are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. These germs stay in the air for several hours depending on the environment. Persons who breathe in the air containing these TB germs can become infected.”

Only people with active TB can spread the disease to others and it is most likely to be spread to people with whom they have direct, prolonged contact, such as family members or co-workers.

The symptoms of TB include:
? Unexplained weight loss
? Loss of appetite
? Night sweats
? Fever
? Fatigue
? Chills
? Cough for three weeks or longer
? Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
? Chest pain

For more information regarding TB, testing, and/or symptoms, please call the Macon County Health Department at (217) 423-6988 ext: 1333. If you have symptoms and/or personal questions, please call your healthcare provider.

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