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Maryland Health Officials: 44 Caught TB Bacteria at Meade High
June 11, 2003
Thirty-four students and 10 staff members at Meade High School, Ft. Meade, Md., are undergoing chest X-rays and starting a nine-month regimen of daily antibiotics after testing positive for the tuberculosis bacteria. The students and staff were tested after a student was diagnosed with the active form of the disease. Anne Arundel County health officials believe none of the 44 cases are active TB, said department spokesperson Elin Jones.Adapted from:
Health officials said none of the patients are suffering symptoms of TB -- coughing, chest pain, weakness, chills, fever or weight loss. County nurses gave TB tests last week to 762 students, teachers and staff members at Meade High after a 16-year-old boy at the school was diagnosed with active TB in February. Earlier tests of an additional 267 people who had face-to-face contact with him found 34 infected with the bacteria.
A total of 78 students, teachers and staff members are now taking isoniazid daily. All of those taking the medication will be seen monthly by county nurses, who will examine them for the active form of the disease. During the visit, the patients will get their next month's supply of the antibiotic, said Sohail Qarni, medical consultant for the county health department. Health officials now believe about 175 students at the school are yet to be tested for TB. Most of those are seniors who graduated before last week's testing at the school began, Qarni said.
06.10.03; Gretchen Parker
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.