The health officer in Shawano County says one person is being treated and monitored for tuberculosis. Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department officer Jamie Bodden confirmed on Monday that the department is addressing an active case of tuberculosis in the Tigerton area.
A meeting is being held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Tigerton Community Center to educate the public about tuberculosis and provide further information as necessary. Bodden and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said steps are being taken to track down those who may have been exposed and possibly infected.
Health experts say cases are usually quarantined and treated at a person’s home. There are about 50 tuberculosis – or TB – cases each year in the state. Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease which, if left untreated, can be fatal. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says this active case is not believed to be associated with a previous case in Shawano County earlier this year.