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Published July 10, 2013, 01:07 PM

Cost to fight TB in Grand Forks continues to rise

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Health officials in Grand Forks are working to manage a tuberculosis outbreak — nearly 10 months after the first case was diagnosed.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Health officials in Grand Forks are working to manage a tuberculosis outbreak — nearly 10 months after the first case was diagnosed.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that costs continue to mount as officials work to manage the outbreak. More than 1,500 people have been tested since October 2012. That's when the first case of tuberculosis was detected at Phoenix Elementary School.

Grand Forks has received about $80,000 in reimbursement from the North Dakota Department of Health to help cover cost associated with managing infected patients.

Public Health Director Don Shields says his staff is currently monitoring 23 people. Treatment for tuberculosis can last up to a year and monitoring requires daily visits to make sure patients take their medication. It can be fatal if left untreated.

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