TB case reported, another possible at Macon daycare

MACON, Ga. -- A state health agency is investigating a case of tuberculosis at an east Bibb County daycare. The infected child is 9-months-old.

Jennifer Jones of the North Central Health District says they're preparing a letter to be sent home to parents of more than 130 children.

She said the agency is recommending that those children be tested.

The child attended Neighborhood Academy daycare on Millerfield Road in east Bibb County.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo spoke to Daylon Martin, director of the Neighborhood Academy on Millerfield Road. He said a parent reported last Friday that their child showed flu-like symptoms.

He said the center's 20-plus employees are being tested, but so far there are no confirmed TB cases.

Martin gave us a letter, addressed to parents, that says, "It has come to our attention that some children/students have been exposed to a person who was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB)."

The letter says anyone with "extended exposure" to TB should be screened by skin test.

It also says the daycare is working with health officials to protect the children.

Jones of the health district said tuberculosis is spread only by repeated, close-up contact, not by casual contact.

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