McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

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June 29, 2014

TB tests not expanded

McALESTER — The Oklahoma State Department of Health is not  currently planning to expand a tuberculosis investigation into a case involving an individual associated with the William Gay Early Childhood Center in McAlester.

That’s according to Pittsburg County Health Department Administrator Mike Echelle.

Forty-two of approximately 50 individuals associated with the school were administered tuberculosis skin tests last week, based on an investigation that determined they needed the tests because of contacts they had with the original TB case.

Citing agency guidelines, the state health department declined to release numbers on how many, if any, the 42 TB skin tests were positive, and how many, if any, were negative.

However, the News-Capital asked Echelle on Friday if the scope of the TB investigation had been expanded —something that normally would have been expanded if there were a large number of positive tests.

“It has not been expanded, not at this time, with the information we currently have,” Echelle said.

That does not necessarily mean there were no additional positive test results indicating the presence of TB. Echelle as well as state health officials said that with a random screening of people in Oklahoma, who showed no symptoms of TB, 15 percent of the people at any given time could be expected to test positive for tuberculosis.

Treatment ordinarily consists of from 6-to-nine months of an antibiotic regimen, they said.

Even those whose TB skins tests turned out negative, meaning no presence of tuberculosis was found, will be required to return for a second round of testing after school starts in August, according to health officials.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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