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The West Allis Health Department confirmed it is investigating a case of tuberculosis in the city.

The department said in a press release there is no danger to the community at large since the patient is isolated and under the care of a physician. Those who are closest to the patient have been identified and offered testing.

Tuberculosis is a disease that includes a cough that can last more than two weeks, along with fevers, sweats and weight loss.

The disease is not easily infectious, the department said. Transmitting it requires close and continued contact with the patient.

State medical professionals are assisting the city’s health department’s investigation, the release said.

Contact Elliot Hughes at elliot.hughes@jrn.com or 414-704-8958. Follow him on Twitter @elliothughes12.

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