Benson High TB Testing Follow-Up Finds One Latent Case
Monday, 06 March 2017 11:41
¬†Follow-up tests were conducted at the end of February at Benson High School Magnet to determine if there were any additional cases of tuberculosis (TB) following December‚Äôs investigation that determined seven people had latent TB infection after exposure to one active case of tuberculosis in a Benson High student.
One additional case of latent TB infection was found after more than 163 individuals were tested again. People with latent TB infection are not contagious.
‚ÄúThe Health Department completed the plans we made late last year,‚ÄĚ Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. ‚ÄúThe second round of testing was solid public health practice and ensured that all potentially infected individuals were identified and treated.‚ÄĚ
The Health Department conducted clinics Feb. 21-24 at the school following extensive work to ensure the proper individuals are re-tested. As was done last time, parents/guardians of exposed students received a letter.
Here are some important TB facts to keep in mind:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†TB is treatable.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†TB is difficult to catch.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Health Department has experience treating TB cases.
¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Health Department:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Followed up earlier testing as promised.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Will continue open communication with the community.
‚ÄúThe school and parents were tremendously cooperative,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour said. ‚ÄúThis has been public health at its very finest.‚ÄĚ
The Health Department‚Äôs website at www.douglascountyhealth.com has additional TB information.