Tuberculosis on rise in state but uncommon in Clark County

first_imgJay Candee, shown here in an undated photo, died of tuberculosis in October. For the first time in several years, the number of tuberculosis cases in Washington is on the rise. While the number of cases in the state increased by 13 percent in 2013, Clark County’s case numbers remain low.In 2012, state health officials recorded 185 TB cases. Last year, the number of cases climbed to 209 — the first increase since 2009. In Clark County, five people were diagnosed with TB in 2013, continuing the downward trend locally. But for only the second time in at least seven years, someone died from TB in Clark County. Ridgefield resident Jay Candee, 59, died from undiagnosed tuberculosis on Oct. 29.“Jay had no next of kin, but there are many people who will miss him greatly, and we are spread out all over this country from Alaska to Maine,” said Larry Till, who was friends with Candee for about 20 years.Candee grew up in the area and graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1972. Candee was a traveler by nature and visited or lived in nearly every state, Till said.For about 10 years, Candee lived in Whittier, Alaska, where he maintained and repaired fishing boats, Till said. After moving around for a few years, Candee landed back in Clark County a couple years before his death.General symptoms of active tuberculosis disease include fever, night sweats, weight loss and tiredness. Symptoms of TB disease in the lungs also include coughing, coughing up blood and chest pain.last_img read more