Virginia Students Test Positive for TB, Officials Order More Tests
February 7, 2003
Officials have ordered the testing of 150 more students at one Henrico County, Va., high school after as many as 75 students tested positive for tuberculosis infections. Officials at Douglas S. Freeman High School alerted parents about the first infection three weeks ago. Since that time, approximately 150 students who had classes with the infected student have been tested, along with a dozen staff members. County health department Director Curtis Thorpe would not say exactly how many students tested positive and noted that positive tests do not necessarily mean any students have tuberculosis. "If we get another positive student, it could be an outbreak," he said. Students who test positive will be interviewed and offered antibiotics, and any student showing symptoms of the disease will get an X-ray.Adapted from:
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