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DHH confirms three infected with TB

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago June 12, 2013 Jun 12, 2013 Wednesday, June 12 2013 June 12, 2013 4:33 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Olivia LaBorde

PLAQUEMINE- The state health department confirmed that three people in Plaquemine have contracted tuberculosis, and they are treating others for the infection.

Brooklyn Marionnaux tells News 2 her children and father-in-law are dealing with the serious infection, which attacks the lungs.

"People are judging not wanting to come around you or talk to anymore. You find out who your friends are and actually be there for you," she says. "You got sick, it's no nobody's fault at all. It's not like you're like 'Hey I have TB I want to get you sick,' " Marionneaux explains.

The Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed today there are three confirmed cases of TB in Plaquemine, but they do not believe there is a threat of significant public exposure.

"We take very seriously the threat of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, which is why we've been investigating this case in Plaquemine and treating those involved since last month," said DHH spokesperson Ken Pastorick.

He said they also tested an additional 25 people who came into contact with someone who had the infection, and are treating some of them out of an abundance of caution.

DHH recommended people keep a close eye on children for symptoms such as a persistent cough, loss of weight, night sweats and flu-like symptoms that do not go away. If those symptoms occur, parents should call their local health unit or visit their family's doctor immediately.

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