Tuberculosis Outbreak Reported in YK Village

Aug 5, 2013

Public health officials say they have "a pretty good handle" on the village-sized outbreak, and that they don't expect it to spread further.

Southwest Alaska has some of the highest rates of tuberculosis infections in the United States, and state public health officials keep a close eye for infections and outbreaks. Recently a number of cases were reported in a village in the YK, prompting a village-wide screening and on-the-ground investigation. State officials reported somewhere near 20 total cases of TB were counted, and that they have a "pretty good" handle on the outbreak. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more: