200 WSU students should be tested for TB

About 70 people have been tested so far — out of an estimated 200 that came in contact with the infected student, said Greene County health officials.

The initial skin tests for tuberculosis did come back negative, but there’s still another round of testing that needs to be done. NewsCenter 7’s Natalie Jovonovich was told today that will happen in eight to 10 weeks.

“Number one it is not an outbreak, we don’t have an outbreak of tuberculosis at Wright State University or in Greene County,” said Amy Schmitt, a public health nurse at Greene County Public Health. “In Greene County it’s sporadic, we had a couple slow years and now were seeing some disease in the county which is not unusual.”

The health district is hosting a public forum on tuberculosis at 3 p.m. Thursday at Greene Memorial Hospital.

Schmitt said tuberculosis is a bacteria treated with antibiotics. Symptoms can include coughing, coughing up blood, night sweats, fever, unexplained weight loss and chest pain.

There were 154 cases in Ohio last year.

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