Tuberculosis scare at Long Island high school

Parents and students at a Long Island high school are concerned after a student there tested positive for tuberculosis.

Parents of students at Glen Cove High School seem to agree that it is not the kind of news they wanted to hear at the beginning of the school year.

"Of course I'm nervous - glad they're letting everyone know," Natalie Prezeau said, according to

School superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria told that school officials contacted about 70 students and staff members who may have had close and prolonged contact with the student, informing them of the risk. A further 1,000 letters were sent out to all parents of students at the high school.

"It’s kind of scary," Todd Davis said, according to "You don't want your child to get sick with it."

The name of the student with TB is being withheld. Students that are at high risk are going to be tested at the high school on Friday, November 25. Because TB has an incubation period, they will be retested again in January.

TB is a potentially life-threatening bacterial disease that affects the lungs. Symptoms of TB include a low-grade fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss and a persistent cough. The incubation period generally lasts six to eight weeks.