Update: Durango High School Tuberculosis Contact Investigation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 27, 2019
The Southern Nevada Health District has tested 187 individuals as part of its contact investigation related to a person diagnosed with active TB disease who was at Durango High School while potentially infectious.
To date, no additional cases of active TB have been identified as part of this investigation. The Health District is scheduling more tests for people who had been in contact with the original case. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
Only people with active TB can spread the disease. People who have latent TB infection are infected with the bacteria but have not developed TB disease. They do not have TB-related symptoms and can’t spread the disease to others. Most people with latent TB infection may never develop TB disease; however, treatment for the infection is available to help prevent the bacteria from becoming active and making them sick.
More information about TB disease is available on the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/community-health-center/tuberculosis-treatment-control-clinic/general-tuberculosis-information-faqs/.
The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.