Ind. student's TB is drug-resistant strain

January 13, 2012 5:13:08 AM PST
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 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.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria spread from person to person through the air and it usually affects the lungs.