Results in from TB tests at Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas
The test, conducted on May 5, included 218 people. Nine individuals tested positively for TB; all of these individuals have been contacted by health officials via phone calls. People who tested negatively for TB received letters informing them that they have no infection.
All 218 of these people had been previously tested for the virus, but it was possible that they had been exposed to TB during the second semester as well. This second exposure called for an additional test to guarantee that the TB infection is under control.
People who contract TB infections do not feel sick and do not show any symptoms of TB. Health professionals believe that people with TB infections are not contagious; in contrast, people with TB disease are contagious, do display symptoms -- including cough, fever, night sweats and weight loss -- and feel sick.
“Early identification and treatment of TB infection is the best way to prevent any progression to TB disease,” Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, said. “Throughout this investigation, JCDHE has worked closely with the school and KDHE to ensure that all precautions are being taken for the safety of everyone in the school and the community.”