Chambersburg parents still have concerns about TB
Pennsylvania Department of Health officials discussed tuberculosis and answered questions about the bacterial infection for an hour Thursday, but some parents said they left the educational forum with questions.
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#1 Jan 13, 2012
I watched it on-line. There seemed to be a few contradictions and half truths. Parents are very concerned about how many people that were tested and how many results came back positive but the officials wouldn't provide any numbers on infected or active disease. One of the spokesman said that there was a 90% chance on people not developing active TB but in the article that the P.O. posted today said that there was a 50% chance on developing active TB of those infected. They also said that 1 out of 3 people on the planet have latent TB and that the disease is relatively common and with that being said I did some research on the CDC website and yes it is true 1 out of every 3 people have latent TB but here in the United States it is NOT common to have 1 out of 3 people to have TB so his comment is misleading and here in Pennsylvania with a population of around 12.6 million people and with a TB infection rate well under 400 cases per year (according to the CDC records from 1997-2011) doesnt make TB very common in our area at all. I dont think anyone wants to see any particular individual exposed to the public for having TB but I think what people want to know is why were our children exposed to this risk when it could have been easily preventable by having anyone coming from another country be tested for TB BEFORE they were allowed to interact in our class rooms. Also the spokesman said that the TB could have come from military personal returning from overseas. I think that is BS. ALL returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are tested for tuberculosis through a purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test. I think that was a distraction from where the infection came from. Most of us saw right through the lies and half truths and by not being truthful to concerned parents just promotes more fear and mistrust among school administrators and public health officials. We are concerned parents and the results will eventually be posted just like the other cases were posted in the past on the 1997-2011 Franklin County TB cases. Why not just let us know now? So we can help dispel our fears with all of the facts. Also those who are latent and those who have developed the disease would probably also like to know what is going to be put in place to stop future outbreaks?
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