WEST ALLIS – Officials from the West Allis Health Department confirmed a tuberculosis case in the city on Friday, July 26.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain. Not everyone who is infected with TB bacteria becomes ill. As a result, there are two TB-related conditions: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be deadly.
The health department states to work with the family and the patient to determine who might have had contact with them public. If you are in the same room as the patient, it does not mean that you have TB. The Health Department states that long-term exposure to the individual is required to become infected with tuberculosis.
The Department of Health reports to FOX6 News that the case is isolated in West Allis and taken care of by a doctor.