UPDATE: 4/21/17 – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and University of Hawaii at Hilo are notifying approximately 120 students and staff members of their recent possible exposure to a person with active tuberculosis (TB) at the Hilo campus.
The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) recently notified students, parent and staff members of Waipahu High School of possible exposure to tuberculosis (TB) from a person with active TB at the school. The DOH is testing persons with regular close contact to the patient.
TB is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs, and can be spread from one person to another through tiny droplets in the air via coughs and sneezes.
Latent TB: Although the body may harbor the bacteria, it remains inactive and causes no symptoms. However it can turn into active TB and treatment is recommended. It is estimated that 2 billion people have latent TB.
Active TB: This condition causes illness and can spread to others. It can occur the first few weeks after exposure, or it might occur years later.
- Coughing that lasts more than three weeks
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain or pain with breathing or coughing
- Fever and chills
- Loss of appetite
If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor can perform tests to determine the cause, and provide treatment.
Pani Shoja, MD
Urgent Care Hawaii
About Urgent Care Hawaii: Urgent Care Hawaii medical clinics provide immediate and urgent medical care on Oahu for Pearl City, Honolulu, Waikiki, Waipahu, Aiea, Kapolei, Kunia, Waipio, Makakilo, Halawa, Mililani, Kailua and Ewa Beach. The clinics provide quick and affordable options for people needing immediate medical care and treatment for common or everyday health problems seven days a week – no appointments are necessary. The Pearl City location is certified by The Urgent Care Association of America and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.
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