Local TB Case Unusually Virulent

Vivian Sade, Journal Gazette, January 13, 2012

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has identified a recent active case of tuberculosis as a multidrug-resistant strain, meaning it’s not responding to the most powerful first-line drugs used to treat TB.

In the past week, nearly 150 students at Fort Wayne Community Schools have been screened for tuberculosis after one of their peers was diagnosed with active TB in December. The health department did not know the person’s case was multidrug resistant until recently, department spokesman John Silcox said.

It’s the first known case of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Allen County, he said.


Multidrug-resistant TB is spread the same way as regular TB, but it does not respond to the common drugs used to treat the disease, Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahon said.

A patient with multidrug-resistant TB must be treated with a second line of drugs, McMahon said, and if that does not work, a third line, and so on.

“The farther you go, the less effective the treatment,” McMahon said.

A person with a regular case of TB is treated with four drugs over six months; a person with multidrug-resistant TB must be treated with six medications—including shots—for two years, McMahon said.

In addition to two years of treatment, the person must have the infected part of his or her lungs surgically removed, she said.


The school and health department did not release information on the student, citing privacy laws.


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  • More benifits of illegal invaders and DIEversity

    • Anonymous

      TB? The vector is not from south of the border. More likely had a visa.

  • John Maddox

    My wife and I were having a conversation about this article when she revealed  that her best friend’s ex husband had married a Philippine woman while he was completing a tour of duty in that part of the world. Problem: she has TB and immigration suspended her visa for two months pending the remission of her infection. Note she is not cured but still carries the disease. She will be allowed to come into the country when the disease is no longer actively attacking her body. One only wonders if this disease isn’t being deliberately introduced into this country. Persons who survive the initial infection build up an immunity, but under certain conditions can infect others even when they are not sick.

    There are probably in this country hundreds of thousands of people who have been exposed and don’t even know it because TB skin tests are only required under certain conditions. The state of Texas used to require TB screening for all food service workers. Now only workers in health care and allied services connected with health care have to take the skin tests and under go regular screening after a test comes back positive.

    I know. I worked in the funeral service for a number  of years in a small town in southwest Texas that catered to a large Mexican population. The funeral home was only certified for about 250 occupants.
    Wakes usually attracted between four and five hundred people. When I left that occupation I entered an allied health care field at a major hospital. I was tested for TB and the skin test came back positive.
    The fact is that when working directly with deceased individuals I took excessive precautions and never handled a case  with a known TB infection. The exposure had to come from the crowded, sometimes unsanitary conditions in the work environment itself. I relate this as a warning. You could be next. I have members of my family tested regularly and so far no one has had a positive test. I also have a chest x ray every couple of years. At my age I doubt very seriously if I would survive an active infection.