TB Infects “dozens” of Nyack Children

The Rockland County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, stated Thursday that, “dozens” of children in Nyack have recently been exposed to someone with infectious tuberculosis. According to Ruppert, the infections did not happen on school grounds. The majority of students are from Liberty Elementary and Nyack Middle School. While Ruppert did not have an exact head count to the number of children exposed, she did say it was less than 50. The Department of Health has now identified all children exposed, and they are undergoing testing. Ruppert stated, “Those exposed are not at risk of giving TB to anyone else.” The person who spread the disease was not aware of their infection; they are being treated and will recover. TB is a highly contagious bacterial infection, transferred through the air when an infected person breathes or coughs. TB can quickly spread if not caught, isolated, and treated early. According to the Centers for Disease Control, TB can live in the body without making you sick. Symptoms of TB are a bad cough lasting 3 weeks or longer, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or mucus from deep inside the lungs. While TB in its most serious form can be deadly, the CDC says that most people who breathe in TB bacteria and become infected are able to stop the bacteria from growing.

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