TB case reported, another possible at east Bibb daycare | News
UPDATE: The child diagnosed with TB is 9 months old.
The Macon-Bibb County Health Department and North Central Health District are investigating a second possible case of tuberculosis at the Neighborhood Academy in Macon.
13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo spoke to Daylon Martin, director of the Neighborhood Academy on Millerfield Road. He said a parent reported last Friday that their child was diagnosed with tuberculosis. That's when the health departments stepped in.
Jennifer Jones with the Health District says all employees and children are being tested for TB. She emphasized that this testing is precautionary.
Jones says, "They should come out of it not wondering if they were exposed but that they can come out of it saying they weren't and they're fine."
TB can take up to 12 weeks to develop. So anyone who tests negative, will have the option to take preventative medicine. They will also be tested again in 12 weeks to make sure they are clear.
The symptoms for TB are a lot like the flu. Symptoms include: weight loss, fever, night sweats, coughing (sometimes with blood), and chest pains.
Jones also says that TB is rare, and you should not panic if you experience any of these symptoms.
Martin gave us the letter that was handed out to parents on Friday, informing them of the case, that says, "It has come to our attention that some children/students have been exposed to a person who was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB)."
The Health Department will be at the daycare on Monday to test the children and employees, as well as answering any questions parents may have.