LA CROSSE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM LA CROSSE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT)--The La Crosse County Health Department notified officials at UW-L of a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) disease in an individual associated with the college’s campus.
UW-L is following protocol outlined by the agency and has begun notifying those who may be at a potential risk of exposure. Those who have been notified have been encouraged to get a tuberculosis test. The testing will begin next week on the UWL campus. Only people who have been notified need to be concerned about being tested at this time.
Tuberculosis is transmitted by an individual who has been diagnosed with tuberculosis disease who coughs and expels the bacteria from the lungs and another person breaths it in directly.
It’s not something people catch sharing water bottles, keyboards or utensils.
People who have symptoms including loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, night sweats,weakness, coughing for more than three weeks and/or coughing up blood may have active
tuberculosis disease and can spread the disease. Symptoms could show up weeks, months or even years after the exposure.
The disease is completely curable and treatable with antibiotics. It is not life-threatening, if detected and treated.