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Tuberculosis investigation ongoing in Postville area

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The Iowa Department of Public Health is investigating one active case of tuberculosis in the Postville area.

On Tuesday, the department's medical director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, said people have no major cause for worry.

The IDPH sees 30 to 40 cases of active tuberculosis in the state per year, Quinlisk said. That's when someone actually gets sick.

People who were exposed to the active case in the Postville area may get what's called latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). However, Quinlisk said, most people exposed to active TB, about 90 percent, never get sick. That means if someone tests positive for LTBI, there's a good chance they'll never experience the symptoms of active TB.

Still, the IDPH contacts people who were exposed to cases of active TB and puts them on preventive antibiotics for a couple of months, generally.

Quinlisk said if the IDPH hasn't contacted you, you have nothing to worry about.

More information on tuberculosis in Iowa is HERE.

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