December 20, 2013

45 Kids Tested Positive to Date

1 SoCal High School to Be Tested for TB

The entire student body and staff of a southern California high school will be tested for tuberculosis (TB) after a student contracted the illness, health officials say. About 1,800 students and faculty at Indio High School will undergo screening for the disease. So far, forty-five students have tested positive for possible exposure, meaning that while they do not have active TB, they must undergo further tests. Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered the testing but emphasized that it’s a precaution. TB, an infection caused by a bacterium, mainly affects the lungs although it can infect other parts of the body as well. It’s spread through the air when a person with active TB coughs, sneezes or speaks. Antibiotic treatment is required for six to nine months.

More at NBCLosAngeles.com | Hat tip to CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tuberculosis Now More Prevalent Than Ever

Tags: Lungs, Tuberculosis, Tuberculosis Treatment, Indio High School, Bacterium, Contagious Diseases

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