Alaska officials fear tuberculosis spread at religious event

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Attendees at an Alaska religious meeting may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

    KYUK-AM reported that a person who was diagnosed with an active case of the disease participated in the New Fire Bethel Ministry revival April 12-14.

    Alaska Public Health and Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation officials said the person attended all three days of the event in western Alaska.

    Tuberculosis bacterium, which usually attacks the lungs, can spread easily and symptoms are not obvious, often leaving people unaware they carry it.

    An official said there were up to a hundred people at the event each day who could have been exposed.

    An official said Alaska has the highest rate of tuberculosis in the nation, but the state's strain is not resistant to medication and can be treated and cured.

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