Allen County Health Officials issue tuberculosis alert for Cali Nails

The Allen County Department of Health is advising some patrons of Cali Nails in Southgate Plaza get tested for tuberculosis after investigating an active case connected to that location.

Posted: Oct 9, 2019 11:51 AM
Updated: Oct 10, 2019 11:07 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Allen County Department of Health is advising some patrons of Cali Nails in Southgate Plaza get tested for tuberculosis after investigating an active case connected to that location.

This alert affects the Cali Nails location at 208 E. Pettit Ave. only.

Exposure was limited and risk to patrons is very low.

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The Department will offer free TB testing to anyone who visited Cali Nails, 208 E. Pettit Ave. from January to July 2019.

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Patrons who visited the nail salon outside of the time period do not need to be tested.

The health departmnet says only one person is infectious and capable of spreading the disease so far, and that person is now in isolation and undergoing treatment.

Free TB testing will be held at the Specialty Services building directly behind the Allen County Medical Annex, 4813 New Haven Ave., on the following dates:

• October 10 from 3-6 p.m.
• October 16 from 9 a.m. to noon
• October 21 from 1-4 p.m.

Anyone unable to be tested during those times can call (260) 449-7504 to schedule an appointment.

The health departmen says clients must indicate they were a contact to the Cali Nails investigation to receive free testing.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body.

It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs, talks or sneezes.

Symptoms of active TB include fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, chills and fevers.

Symptoms may also include cough, chest pain and coughing up blood if the disease is in the lungs.

Only people with close, daily contact with an infected person are typically at risk of contracting the disease.

TB is not spread by kissing, shaking hands or touching objects and usually requires close contact over a period of time.

Most who become infected do not develop active TB because their body’s immune system protects them, and only people with active TB symptoms can spread the disease.

Anyone with questions about TB can call the Department information line at (260) 449-4499 or visit allencountyhealth.com.

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