Tuberculosis scare prompts 'public health emergency' in Omaha
A public health emergency is now in effect in Omaha, following a confirmed case of tuberculosis at a day care facility.
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The health scare started here, at a YMCA drop-in day care center located inside Omaha’s new Westview High School.
According to officials one confirmed case of “active tuberculosis” includes more than 500 possible exposures” occurring between late spring and October.
Possible “close contact” finds parents and others notified by the health department.
Symptoms include a cough that lasts for weeks, coughing up blood, chest pain, fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fever, and night sweats.
Before the Westview case, Douglas County had reported 15 other cases of tuberculosis so far this year, after 15 last year.
Last year, including those 15 cases in Douglas County, the state reported 29 cases of tuberculosis.
As for that “close contact” it’s defined as “spending extended time on one or more occasions with a contagious person who coughs on them.”
Those are the individuals at Westview likely to be tested.