FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Northeastern Indiana health officials say a Fort Wayne student whose tuberculosis diagnosis prompted the testing of nearly 150 classmates for the illness has a drug-resistant strain of the disease.
The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/zomXcu ) that testing shows that the student's tuberculosis is a virulent strain that doesn't respond to the most powerful first-line drugs used to treat the illness.
Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health department spokesman John Silcox said Thursday that it's the first known case of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Allen County.
He says the student is in isolation and undergoing treatment and no one else associated with the person has been identified with active TB.