Tuberculosis Cases Found in Kansas City, Wyandotte Area

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Wednesday, May 10, active cases of Tuberculosis have been identified in Wyandotte Co.


The KDHE along with the Unified Government of Wyandotte Co. Public Health Department identified less than 10 cases of the disease.

The department is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate the spread the air-borne illness and aid in the care of active patients. Those who have been in close contact with known identified cases will be notified by the local health department and provided a test at no cost.

TB is a disease commonly found in the lungs and in most cases is spread through prolonged contact with someone who possesses active TB bacteria. The disease is spread through the air and is not spread through kissing, shaking hands, sharing food, drink and toothbrushes or by touching objects like bed linens or toilet seats.

Additional information about TB can be found on the CDC website.