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Published November 09, 2012, 05:26 PM

Eight cases of tuberculosis are reported in Grand Forks County

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Concerned parents and community members learned more today about an outbreak of tuberculosis in Grand Forks County.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Concerned parents and community members learned more today about an outbreak of tuberculosis in Grand Forks County.

We told you about the latest last night, a student with active TB at a Grand Forks Elementary School.

As of now, six adults and two children under the age of 10 have been diagnosed with the disease. Health officials say they are related to three other cases confirmed in the county last month, and they don't expect it to be the last.

Don Shields, the Grand Forks Public Health Director, says, "We do expect to find more cases, and we do expect that to continue over the next several months and possibly longer."

Dr. James Hargreaves, Altru Infectious Disease Specialist, says, " This is not something you get casually, you need someone who is infectious wit hit and you need to have close, close contact over time."

Because the disease takes time to develop, health officials are advising parents not to panic. Next Tuesday, about 30 students and staff members that may have been in contact with the infected student at Phoenix Elementary will be tested.

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