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Published July 15, 2013, 06:06 PM

Council to take up health department budget, future of opera house and GFK airport expansion

The Grand Forks Public Health department is adjusting its budget before the city Monday night due to the tuberculosis outbreak. The department has already gotten about 40,000 dollars just to contain the disease this year, and that amount is growing.

The Grand Forks Public Health department is adjusting its budget before the city Monday night due to the tuberculosis outbreak. The department has already gotten about 40,000 dollars just to contain the disease this year, and that amount is growing.

Whenever there's an increase in the Grand Forks Public Health Department's budget of more than 30,000 dollars, they have to go before the city council to amend the budget. That's what they'll be doing tonight, and that number is closer to 40,000 dollars.

That money is paying for medication, a nursing staff and social support for patients on isolation. It's been nearly nine months since the TB outbreak started. Since then, 1,600 people have been tested and 26 diagnosed with active TB.

The city has already received 80,000 dollars from the North Dakota Department of Health to stop the spread of the disease. Treatment can last six to twelve months, so more reimbursements are expected.

Lindsey Vanderbusch, ND Department of Health: "We first kind of identified this as a large outbreak last fall it's only been now about 9 months since that has started so we do see this forseeing continuing on well into next year."

In addition to the health department budget, city council will also discuss the sale of the Metropolitan Opera House to Rhombus Guys, as well as a $2.3 million expansion to the Grand Forks International airport at Monday night's meeting.

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