BENTLEY OKS EMERGENCY FUNDING AFTER PERRY COUNTY TUBERCULOSIS OUTBREAK

MONTGOMERY – Gov. Robert Bentley today authorized more than $235,000 in emergency funding for testing and treatment after a Perry County tuberculosis outbreak.

The Alabama Department of Health has tested more than 2,000 residents, and more than 150 tested positive for latent tuberculosis infection. Another 26 tested positive for active tuberculosis, which is contagious. All are undergoing treatment.

“As a doctor, I know the importance of treating any disease early and often, and as Alabama’s governor, I have resources to help,” Bentley said. “I hope with this extra funding, we will be able to contain this outbreak from spreading into other parts of the state and treat those with tuberculosis.”

Active tuberculosis symptoms include a cough lasting more than two weeks, shortness of breath, fever, night sweats, weight loss and fatigue. Latent TB infection causes no symptoms.

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