TB scare at Fay Tech

July 13, 2009 6:23:45 PM PDT
Health officials in Cumberland County began telling some students at Fayetteville Tech Monday that they could have been exposed to tuberculosis.They say a student at the school may have the disease and there's a risk they could have spread it to others.

Roughly 60 students and faculty members have been told they need to get TB skin tests. Anyone who tests positive will get antibiotic treatment.

Tuberculosis is a disease of the lungs that can be fatal if left untreated. It's usually spread by through the air, when people who have the disease cough, sneeze, or spit.

TB was extremely rare in the United States for decades, but has recently made a comeback as more drug resistant strains have come on the scene.

The symptoms of tuberculosis often include a chronic cough with blood-tinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.