Baltimore: Franklin High Students, Teachers Tested by County for Tuberculosis
October 9, 2002
Baltimore County health workers yesterday tested 90 classmates and teachers of a 12th-grade Franklin High School student after officials learned Oct. 4 that the student had tuberculosis. Dr. Michael A. Leverett, Baltimore County's health officer, said another 35 classmates and teachers must be tested today in order to make sure that no one who came into close contact with the student was exposed to TB. On Monday, Franklin High sent home letters with all students, advising of the case and asking classmates of the student to submit to testing. "Although your child is considered to be at minimal risk for infection, tuberculin screening is recommended," the letter said. "Exposure does not mean you have the disease. It just means you were exposed," said Michelle O. Prumo, coordinator of health services for county schools. Some parents of students who had not been identified as needing the test called to request that their children be tested, according to Principal Dean P. Terry, who said most of the requests were granted.Adapted from:
10.09.02; Jonathan D. Rockoff
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