FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Up to 1,000 California students at risk of TB exposure

As many as 1,000 students attending summer school at the El Monte, California-based Arroyo High School in 2012 may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

Health officials in Los Angeles County notified the El Monte Union High School District last week upon learning that a person associated with the school tested positive for the disease. Students who took classes at the school over the summer were urged to receive testing for the bacterial disease, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.

Christine Aguilar, a parent whose son attended the school over the summer, said she received a call on Wednesday night suggesting that her son be tested after contact with the unknown carrier.

"I was so upset that it took them this long," Aguilar said, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "I've been hearing so much about TB in the news, and how it started in downtown. This is almost a whole year. We're already getting ready to go into summer now. "

Health officials said on Thursday that they identified a person connected with the high school to have active TB in fall 2012.

"Because the investigation involves contacts who were only attending the summer school or may have graduated, we are contacting their parents directly for screening and treatment as needed," public health officials said, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The incident is the third known tuberculosis case in the region in the last three months, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.