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Update: Grand Forks Family Exposed to TB from Homeless Visitor

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NOVEMBER 13 UPDATE:

Health officials have linked an outbreak of tuberculosis in Grand Forks to homeless visitors who exposed a family that gave them shelter.

Eight cases of the potentially fatal lung infection are confirmed in six adults and two children.  The county public health director Don Shields says three people have been hospitalized.

Officials have been testing other people who might also have been exposed. More than 250 people have been tested so far.

UPDATE:

(AP) - Health officials have confirmed more tuberculosis cases in the Grand Forks area. 

Eight cases have now been identified. They include six males and two females who range in age from their 40s to younger than 10. 

Officials last month confirmed three cases of TB in Grand Forks County, in adult men. They said Friday that five cases have been confirmed since then, including one in an elementary school student. 

City spokesman John Bernstrom says the child was pulled from class and parents of other students were notified when the test results came back on Tuesday. People who might have been exposed will be screened by local public health officials.

TB is a potentially fatal infection that typically attacks the lungs, though it also can affect the kidneys, spine and brain.

ORIGINAL STORY:

(AP) - Health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis in a Grand Forks elementary school student. 

City spokesman John Bernstrom says the child was immediately pulled from class and parents of other students were notified when the test results came back on Tuesday.

People who might have been exposed will be screened by local public health officials. 

Officials last month confirmed three other cases of TB in Grand Forks County, all in adult men. Bernstrom says the child's case is related to those. 

TB is a potentially fatal infection that typically attacks the lungs, though it also can affect the kidneys, spine and brain.

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