Durham student has TB

September 10, 2009 2:38:56 PM PDT
Health officials say a child attending Northern High School has been diagnosed with probable active tuberculosis.They say teachers and the parents of children who have been in contact with the sick child have been notified by the Durham County Health Department.

Testing of people who may have been exposed will be done Thursday, September 17, 2009 at Northern High School, followed by repeat testing eight weeks later.

TB germs are spread through the air when someone who is sick with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, laughs, sings, or sneezes. The people near the sick person can breathe TB germs into their lungs and develop latent TB infection, which means that they are not sick and only have inactive TB germs in the body, or active disease.

In 2008, Durham County had 15 cases of active TB.

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