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Second case of TB investigated at SCS high school

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Shelby County Schools will follow up with the health department this week after a student case of tuberculosis (TB) at Wooddale High School. Shelby County Schools will follow up with the health department this week after a student case of tuberculosis (TB) at Wooddale High School.
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(WMC) - Shelby County Schools will follow up with the health department this week after a student case of tuberculosis (TB) at Wooddale High School.

All students received a letter to notify parents.

Officials confirmed a student at Frayser High School tested positive for TB in February. Many parents did not want to take chances with the contagious disease and checked their children out of school.

The Shelby County Health Department documented 48 cases of TB in 2013, with a population nearing one million.

"The likelihood is really, very low even though we take it very seriously," said Dr. Helen Morrow. "It is a serious disease. It can affect any part of the body. When it affects the lungs or the larynx, generally that is when somebody is contagious."

Dr. Morrow says some people who have the TB germ show no symptoms. She says treating it is a lengthy process that often includes initial isolation and anywhere from six months to three years of medication.

The following information is provided by Centers for Disease Control:

How TB spreads

TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

Symptoms of TB

- A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer

- Pain in the chest

- Coughing up blood or sputum

- Weakness or fatigue

- Weight loss

- No appetite

- Chills

- Fever

- Sweating at night

Testing for TB

There are two kinds of tests that are used to detect TB bacteria in the body: the TB skin test (TST) and TB blood tests. These tests can be given by a health care provider or local health department. If you have a positive reaction to either of the tests, you will be given other tests to see if you have latent TB infection or TB disease.

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