Health professionals release TB test results from Olathe Northwest High School
These four were the only ones who tested positively out of the 70 who received the TB test. The health professionals leading the tests called the individuals who received positive TB test results and mailed letters to those who received negative results.
"Early identification and treatment of TB infection is the key to preventing progression to TB disease," JCDHE Director Lougene Marsh said. "We continue to work closely with the school and KDHE in this investigation to ensure that all precautions are being taken for the safety of everyone in the school and the community."
People who test positive for TB infections are required to have their chests X-rayed, and antibiotics are the most common treatment that destroys the bacteria and prevents full development of TB disease. The JCDHE and KDHE provide both the chest x-rays and TB medication for free.
Individuals who have TB infections do not feel sick or display any symptoms associated with TB and are not considered contagious. In contrast, people who have TB disease are contagious and show TB symptoms, such as night sweats, coughing, fever and weight loss.