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Tuberculosis Confirmed In Kalispell, Butte

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Two cases of tuberculosis are confirmed across the state. One in Kalispell and one in Butte. County health departments tells us though, they're not too concerned.

The Kalispell patient is currently in isolation and health officials tell us they are working to track down anyone who may have been exposed.

That is also the case in Silver-Bow County, where a Montana Tech student contracted the disease.

The Flathead City-County Health Department says it's procedures like quarantining a patient that keep tuberculosis cases from spreading.

Health officers add that a few cases a year are common in Montana.

These are the first tuberculosis cases in 2015, but the health department counts six confirmed cases last year.

“It's abnormal from the standpoint that we don't have one all the time but within a year, yes, Montana expects to get some active tuberculosis cases,” said Hillary Hanson, Flathead Deputy Health Officer.

The Flathead City-County Health Department tells us, at this point they have no knowledge of a connection between the cases in Kalispell and Butte.

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