TB detected at Ohio high school

According to the school board president of Lorain High School in Lorain, Ohio, a student at the school has tested positive for the active form of tuberculosis.

Tests for the infectious disease will be available to staff and students at the Cleveland-area high school. The district notified parents on Friday in a letter, Associated Press reports.

A recorded message at the Lorain County Tuberculosis Clinic stated that staff and students would have access to TB testing starting on Monday. It is not yet clear how the student became infected with the disease, which is caused by bacteria that is spread between people through the air and can target any part of the body.

Symptoms of TB include chest pain, fever, coughing and weakness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease is not spread by sharing food or drink, touching bed linens or toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes, kissing or shaking someone's hand. Not everyone who is infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. Latent TB infection is a condition in which the bacteria is fought off by the body's immune system. If the immune system cannot stop the bacteria from growing, the disease becomes active and contagious.

People with weak immune systems have a higher risk of developing TB than those with normal immune systems.