Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County will be retesting customers of the Galaxy Nail Spa in Miami Twp. that may have been exposed to tuberculosis after one of the salon’s technicians tested positive for an active form of the bacterial infection in July.
Some people exposed to the disease don’t immediately test positive, so public health is asking folks — who tested negative on their first skin test — to come in for free retesting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct.1 at the Maimi Twp. Administrative Government Center, 2700 Lyons Road, Miamisburg.
Public health officials said the salon is now safe.
Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jim Gross, in a presentation to the County Commission Tuesday, said about 400 people who had contact with the nail salon have been tested since August, with seven positive skin tests for latent TB, which is not infectious.
About seven to 10 percent of the U.S. population and about 30 percent of the world population has the bacteria in their bodies, but it causes no symptoms and is not contagious in its inactive state.
Still, treatment of latent TB — which typically involves taking a cocktail of antibiotics for up to six months — is recommended to prevent the emergence of the active form, marked by symptoms including coughing, unintentional weight loss, fatigue and cold sweats.
Because of its ability to spread rapidly, TB is one of several contagious diseases that doctors are required to report to their health departments. But the disease has been in decline for much of the past decade, and local cases are rare — averaging less than 10 cases a year.
So far, the free TB testing has cost Public Health about $18,841, but most of that was absorbed in everyday operating expenses. The cost over and above normal work expenses was $2,841, which paid for an additional nurse to work the testing clinics, free parking and the TB materials, Bill Wharton, spokesman for public health said.