Officials notify public of possible tuberculosis exposure in Sauk County

Resident has ties to Baraboo and Sauk Prairie school districts
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BARABOO, Wis. — The Sauk County Health Department was recently informed of a possible case of tuberculosis in a Sauk County resident with ties to the Baraboo and Sauk Prairie school districts.

According to a release, the presence of TB has not been confirmed, but the individual has agreed to stay in isolation and is undergoing treatment for TB. The Sauk County Health Department is working with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Baraboo School District and Sauk Prairie School District to assure that anyone who had been in close contact with the person is being contacted and offered testing if necessary.

“The risk to the general population is very low. TB disease is not easy to transmit to others; it requires prolonged and close contact with an infected person. Simply being in the same room does not mean you will be infected,” said Tim Lawther, director and health officer of the Sauk County Health Department. “In this instance, tuberculosis has not been clinically confirmed, so we are acting out of an abundance of caution.”

People at the highest risk of becoming infected are those who live with or have spend a long time around an infected person. Symptoms include cough lasting more than two weeks, coughing up blood, fatigue, weakness, unintended weight loss, fever and night sweats. There are 40 to 50 people diagnosed with TB in Wisconsin.

The Sauk County Health Department will contact you if you are at risk and need to be tested.