Minnesota teen diagnosed with TB
Officials from the St. Cloud school district confirmed the diagnosis and said the student attends Apollo High School in St. Cloud. The student resides in Benton County and the county's health department notified the school of the infection, according to KARE11.com.
The school district announced that the situation is not considered an immediate risk to public health. The student is not considered highly infectious and has no symptoms. No other TB cases have been reported.
Parents of students in the school district are being informed of the situation through a call-out system and a contact investigation has been started.
"It's a minimal investigation," Kati Bauerly, a licensed school nurse for the district, said, KARE11.com reports. "It is very isolated and very focused investigation."
Parents whose children are considered to be at risk were contacted after Apollo reviewed the situation with Benton County Public Health Department.
"I believe the class and schedule of the student were identified and the screening started there," Superintendent Bruce Watkins said, KARE11.com reports. "This is our first case in recent history. So we're cooperating with the health department.
"We're very pleased with the cooperation of the health department and that they were so timely with their response."