Indiana health officials released the following updates on the TB and HIV situations in Clark County and Scott County, respectively:
State and county health officials are investigating a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) in a student at Rock Creek Community Academy in Clark County.
The student who had active symptoms of TB, was diagnosed with TB on May 28 and tested positive. The student is currently isolated and responding well to treatment. One secondary suspect TB case with symptoms and abnormal chest x-ray has been identified; another individual with an abnormal chest x-ray without symptoms has been identified.
The Clark County Health Department launched a contact investigation on May 29. Approximately 295 students and staff were tested on June 2, and 54 individuals—49 from the school and five church members in Floyd County were identified as having positive TB skin tests. The contact investigation has been expanded to all students and staff of the school, with nearly 300 additional individuals tested on June 8. Results will be available today. Individuals who have positive skin tests do not have TB disease, but do receive antibiotic treatment so that symptoms do not develop and infection cannot be spread to others.
“Tuberculosis is a rare disease in the United States, but remains a serious illness and we have responded to this situation immediately,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “We are offering testing to everyone who has been a close contact of the patient in order to quickly identify any additional active infections so we can provide immediate effective treatment.
In addition, state health officials announced Wednesday that the number of HIV cases in the southeastern Indiana outbreak is now at 169 cases (166 confirmed and three preliminary positive).
All state services will now be offered once a week, on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Austin Community Outreach Center. This includes access to state-issued ID cards, birth certificates, job counseling and local training,enrollment in HIP 2.0 insurance, HIV testing, HIV care coordination, substance abuse referrals, and vaccinations against tetanus, Hepatitis A and B.
The Scott County Health Department will continue to operate their Needle Exchange Program and offer HIV testing services at the Community Outreach Center. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.