TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Pennsylvania high school students face TB tests

After finding a confirmed case of pulmonary tuberculosis, 100 students and staff members at a Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, high school will be administered a TB skin test.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently notified the Chambersburg Area School District that a case of the disease was found at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School, according to PublicOpinionOnline.com.

“We immediately moved forward with the assistance of the department of health to follow the appropriate protocol and procedures for handling the situation,” Cathy Dusman, the assistant superintendant of CASD, said, PublicOpinionOnline.com reports.

The school district sent one of two letters to the families of students studying at the school, informing them of whether or not their child needed to take the skin test. Pennsylvania Department of Health officials made their decisions based on whether or not each student was thought to have come into close proximity to the infected person.

“It is important to find out if the disease has spread to others, therefore, the Department of Health is undergoing an investigation to determine who the infected person may have been in contact with while infectious,” the department said in a statement, PublicOpinionOnline.com reports. “TB is not like the measles or flu, which can easily be spread to others. Not everyone who was exposed to TB will become infected.”