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Tuberculosis Case has Officials Planning Ahead

"Our goal is that we will have a lot of things ready and in place for when an actual case of active TB presents itself," said Darlene Armacost, a representative with the Frederick County Health Department.
WHAG NEWS - If tuberculosis shows up in the Frederick County public school system, school officials are working with the health department to make sure they have a plan in place. This plan is a reaction to the tuberculosis case reported in Montgomery County earlier this week.

"Our goal is that we will have a lot of things ready and in place for when an actual case of active TB presents itself," said Darlene Armacost, a representative with the Frederick County Health Department.

There are two sub-committees dedicated to enhancing communication and creating a procedure for dealing with individuals exposed to the illness.

"One of the things that we would have to do is determine who would be tested and how and when that testing would occur," added Armacost.

Frederick County has a low rate of TB but officials say the plan will create a platform for communication while maintaining the privacy of the patient.

"During the calendar year of 2013, we had only four cases of TB. Our numbers are small compared to a county such as Montgomery," said Armacost.

So far there have been no reported cases of tuberculosis in Frederick County this year. 

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