TB investigation continues in Kansas high school

TB investigation in Kansas high school
TB investigation in Kansas high school | Courtesy of infoplease.com
State and county health professionals are continuing their investigation of a tuberculosis (TB) case at Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas.

Health department investigators have identified and confirmed a list of approximately 75 individuals who may have come into contact with the single TB-infected student at school. These individuals have agreed to TB testing on Wednesday.

Health officials and investigators previously tested over 300 people on March 11. Out of the 300, only 27 people were confirmed to have a TB infection, which was not contagious. People with TB infections often do not report feeling sick because they do not have any symptoms of TB.

Health professionals consider active TB infections to be preventable and curable when treated with antibiotics.

"As part of the usual disease investigation, (county and state officials) analyzed the daily routine of the 27 individuals who tested positive for TB infection,” Lougene Marsh, the director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, said. “We identified a commonality among the positive cases, therefore the investigation now includes these additional school contacts.”

More information is available at the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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