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Cabell Huntington Health Department investigating 2 cases of tuberculosis

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The Cabell Huntington Health Department is investigating and treating two confirmed cases of tuberculosis in the Huntington area.

Tuberculosis, commonly called TB, is a disease caused by bacteria that usually attacks the lungs and is spread through the air from one person to the next.

Doctors are talking with those who may have been exposed. "This is not a disease that is totally gone and it is still spread airborne, so we are very anxious that people understand that we are out there getting the people who have been exposed and bringing them in to be evaluated," said Dr. Harry Tweel with the Cabell Huntington Health Department.

Those suffering with tuberculosis may experience a cough that lasts longer than three weeks, pain in the chest, coughing up blood, chills and fever. If you have any of these symptoms, call the doctor or go to a local clinic.

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