Jan 16, 2020 11:05 AM

Omaha area health officials investigating string of TB cases

Posted Jan 16, 2020 11:05 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Health officials in eastern Nebraska say they're investigating a string of tuberculosis cases in the Omaha area.

The Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday that 13 people have tested positive for latent tuberculosis, and one child has a confirmed active case of the lung infection, television station KETV reported. The department says it has tested 31 people since December, when it learned a person from out-of-state staying with family was diagnosed with the disease.

Tuberculosis is slow to develop, and it can take up to 10 weeks before a person who has been exposed tests positive for the infection. Common symptoms include unexplained rapid weight loss, profuse coughing, night sweats and fever. It is treated with a course of antimicrobial drugs.

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Kan. man charged with fatally stabbing sister's ex-boyfriend
Prager  photo Sedgwick County

WICHITA, KAN. (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with fatally stabbing his sister's ex-boyfriend during a Wichita fight.

Morgan Prager, 24, Pittsburg, Kansas, made his first appearance Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court on charges of second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is jailed on $250,000 bond.

Wichita police say officers responded Saturday to an assault call and found 19-year-old Vincent Venturella suffering from a severe neck laceration. Police say the men had fought about Prager's sister. Venturella died Monday night.

Prager was arrested in Pittsburg. Kansas Department of Corrections records show that he had been discharged in December from community corrections after previous convictions for theft and criminal possession of a firearm in Wyandotte County.