Massachusetts: Case Prompts TB Tests at High School
February 5, 2003
Saugus High School will test about 200 students and teachers for tuberculosis today following a student's positive testing for the disease late last week. Principal Joseph Diorio said state Department of Public Health officials will screen 218 students and teachers who came in contact with the unidentified infected student. Results will be available by Friday. "People are nervous and uneasy about the entire situation," said Diorio. "We're doing the best we can to ... educate them about the disease." Letters and permission forms for the test were mailed out on Saturday to the affected students' families. The entire school could be tested if more students test positive, according to the principal. The hospitalized female student has not been in school for two weeks and is also being treated for pneumonia.Adapted from:
02.05.03; Michael Rosenwald
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.