Posted 6 months ago on Nov. 13, 2012, 6:58 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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Public Health Director Don Shields said officials are continuing to test for the disease.
He announced Friday there were eight cases of “active” or infectious TB, including six adults and two children — one in Phoenix Elementary School and one who is only 5 months old. Three of the adults are in their 20s and three in their 40s. Three of the eight have been hospitalized, he said, and the others are under care at home.
Online speculation, including on the Herald’s website, has raised questions about the origin of the TB outbreak.
It did come from a certain family who came recently into the community, Shields said.
“They are not refugees and not an immigrant family,” Shields said Monday. “They are folks who are homeless and don’t have an address here in Grand Forks. They are Americans. They traveled through here and stayed with friends, and (TB) passed from them to” members of the family in the house.