The Allen County Department of Health on Wednesday issued an alert advising some patrons of Cali Nails in Southgate Plaza to get tested for tuberculosis after investigating an active case connected to that location.
Exposure was limited and risk to patrons is very low, the alert said. But the department is erring on the side of caution to offer free tuberculosis testing to anyone who visited Cali Nails, 208 E. Pettit Ave., from January to July 2019. Patrons who visited the nail salon outside of the time period do not need to be tested.
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 -- from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 16; and 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21.
Individuals unable to be tested during those times can call (260) 449-7504 to schedule an appointment. 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.
"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."