FORT RILEY — Fort Riley Medical Activity is working closely with Geary County and the state health department to ensure all military beneficiaries possibly exposed to tuberculosis through a teenager, who attends school in Junction City, are screened in a timely manner.
Any child the teenager may have come in contact with has been sent a letter within the last two weeks by the state health department encouraging them to get tested.
For those military beneficiaries who received a letter, Public Health will have a walk-in clinic tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the tuberculosis skin test.
“Tuberculosis is passed through the respiratory system, mainly through coughing,” said Lt. Col. Paul Benne, chief of the Department of Public Health at IACH. “Those who were exposed to the bacteria and test positive usually have latent tuberculosis, which is a very small infection that is treated with a long course of antibiotics. The latent form of the bacteria is not contagious.”
For more information about tuberculosis, a Public Health nurse can be reached at 785-239-7323 during normal duty hours.