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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Health Department Investigating Case of Tuberculosis

Pitt County Health Department Investigating Case of Tuberculosis

 

PITT COUNTY, N.C. – Pitt County and Pitt County Schools announce the Public Health Department is investigating a case of Tuberculosis (TB) involving an individual at D.H. Conley (DHC) High School located in Greenville, N.C. 

 

According to Pitt County Interim Health Director Teresa Ellen, the department was notified on Tuesday, October 10 of the case.   A joint letter from Teresa Ellen, Dr. Michael Swinson, D.H. Conley Principal and Dr. Ethan Lenker, Superintendent of Pitt County Schools has been sent to all DHC parents/guardians informing them of the case investigation. 

 

“Though there is no immediate public health risk from this exposure, we are investigating the possible exposures and will inform staff and parents/guardians of students who need to be tested to ensure that any potential exposure to TB is identified,” says Teresa Ellen.  

 

Public Health, School Nurses and Pitt County Schools staff are working together to identify possible exposures.  Public Health will provide TB testing at no cost next week at the school. The majority of staff and students will not need any testing or treatment. Anyone who has a positive test will be offered medication for treatment at no cost. Post-exposure treatment prevents development of TB. 

 

TB is a respiratory disease that generally develops over weeks to months. TB spreads similar to the cold or flu, but is not as contagious and is completely curable with medication.  

 

While it is important for the community to be aware of the case investigation, no one is at immediate risk of health problems related to this case and there is no further risk of exposure.  Regardless of exposure, there is no need to limit activities. 

 

For additional information, contact the Health Department at (252) 902-2500.

 

The Mission of Pitt County Government is to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of our community by advocating for and providing quality services in a friendly and cost-effective manner. Learn more: www.PittCountyNC.gov 

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