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Rise in Tuberculosis Cases in Greene County

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A rise in tuberculosis cases has been reported in Greene County.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A rise in tuberculosis cases has been reported in Greene County.

Health officials usually only see three cases a year from the disease.

So far there have been six cases already in 2014.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air and symptoms include a persistent cough lasting more than three weeks.

According to the health department, anytime there is a trend or unusual increase in a disease like this it is a good time to spread awareness.

"It's hard to know whether that's a short term trend or anomaly, or if we're actually seeing a significant increase in the disease in our community. Anytime that we see those kinds of increases in diseases, in particular with communicable diseases we want to talk about that. We want people to know what's going on in our community," said Clay Goddard, Assistant Director of the Greene County Health Dept.

Other symptoms can include fever, weight loss, or night sweats.

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