Greene County news: 200 WSU students being tested for TB

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200 WSU students being tested for TB

Wright State University students are getting tested for tuberculosis after one confirmed case at the school in October.

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 came back negative, but another round of testing that needs to be done, which 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 we’re seeing some disease in the county, which is not unusual.”

The health district is hosting a public forum on tuberculosis at 3 p.m. today at Greene Memorial Hospital, 1141 N. Monroe Drive in Xenia

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. STAFF REPORT

BEAVERCREEK

Bluebird houses installed at Russ Nature Reserve

Eight new bluebird houses are now part of the wildlife habitat landscape at Greene County Parks & Trails’ Russ Nature Reserve in Beavercreek.

The new houses were installed by Jordan and Bethany Gray. She is the Ohio Bluebird Society Area Contact for Greene and Clark counties.

The couple recently relocated to Yellow Springs and has also placed nesting boxes at several other Greene County park sites.

Bluebirds can be frequently viewed at Russ Nature Reserve and have nested in several boxes at the park.

For more information, call 937-562-6400 or visit gcparkstrails.com. STAFF REPORT

BEAVERCREEK

Temporary road closure

Starting Monday, Nov. 23, Beaver Valley Road will be closed between Fairgrounds Road and Lantz Road for sanitary sewer installation work, weather permitting. It is anticipated that the road will be closed for three days for this work.

A detour will be posted while this work is in progress, and emergency access will be possible.

For more information, call the Greene County Sanitary Engineer at 937-562-7450. STAFF REPORT

FAIRBORN

School board hosting forum tonight

The Fairborn school board will meet in a special session at 7 p.m. today in the Fairborn Intermediate School gymnasium, 25 Dellwood Drive.

The purpose of the meeting is for the board to host a Community Forum to present information about the district strategic plan and an overview of the building process.

No action will be taken. STEVEN MATTHEWS

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