Students exposed to tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (AP)

January 4, 2011 11:49:45 AM PST
A student who attended Cary High School in November tested positive for tuberculosis.

A letter was sent home to some parents of Cary High School students on Monday. The letter explains that students should be tested for tuberculosis to find out if they have been infected.

Wake County Public Schools spokesperson Michael Evans said the letter was only sent to parents of students in the four classes the infected student attended. More letters were supposed to be sent to other parents on Tuesday.

A nurse from Wake County’s TB Control Program will be at the school on Friday, January 7 to administer TB skin tests. Wake County Human Services said a positive tuberculosis skin test does not always mean that someone is sick. If a test is positive, the subject will need a chest x-ray to find out if he or she is actually sick.

Health officials said anyone with questions should contact the Wake County TB Control Program at 919-250-4555 (English only) or 919-250-3891 (English or Spanish) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website

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