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Waynesville High School Tuberculosis

Waynesville School District Says Case of Tuberculosis Found at High School

State and local health department officials have identified a single case of active tuberculosis (TB) in a student who attends Waynesville High School. The individual identified is complying with isolation precautions and is receiving medication to treat the illness.

WAYNESVILLE, Missouri – The Following was released by the Waynesville School District about an an apparent case of tuberculosis detected in the schools:

State and local health department officials have identified a single case of active tuberculosis (TB) in a student who attends Waynesville High School. The individual identified is complying with isolation precautions and is receiving medication to treat the illness.

Health officials have begun identifying contacts of the student with active TB, and are working to ensure that any other possible cases of TB in either the school or community are identified and treated. Parents of Waynesville High School students will be mailed letters at the end of this week notifying them whether or not their child has had close contact with the student with active TB. All students and staff who have had close contact will receive instructions and a consent form to be tested for TB for free on Dec. 6, 2017, at Waynesville High School.

“We want to reassure parents that we are following the health department’s guidelines and are going above and beyond the state’s basic requirements by providing testing for our students and staff,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent.

TB is spread through the air. The only way to contract the disease is by close contact (several hours a day) with someone who has the disease. It cannot be spread by contact with someone’s clothing or by eating from the same utensils or in any other way. Symptoms of TB can include a cough of longer than three weeks, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, chills, fever and coughing up blood.

TB is preventable and curable. TB disease is typically treated for six to nine months with antibiotics. A person with TB will become non-contagious within a few days to weeks of effective treatment, and will be able to return to normal activities without risk to others while completing treatment. The Pulaski County Health Department assures that all known active TB cases in the county are followed closely and treated appropriately.

The school district, the Pulaski County Health Center and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are working closely together to investigate this case and assure that all precautions are being taken for the safety of all in the community, especially the students and staff of Waynesville High School.

A FACT SHEET FOLLOWS:

Tuberculosis: The Basics

Signs and Symptoms of Tuberculosis

  • – cough
  • – night sweats
  • – weight loss
  • – chills
  • – fever
  • – appetite loss
  • – tiredness

The good news is TB can be cured and it can be prevented.

What is TB?

“TB” is short for a disease called tuberculosis. It causes disease in the lungs most of the time, but it can cause disease in any part of the body. A person with TB disease needs medical attention.
How is TB spread?

TB germs may spray into the air if a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs or sneezes. Anyone nearby can breathe the TB germs into their lungs.

What is TB infection?

TB germs can live in your body without making you sick. This is called TB infection.

Someone with TB infection cannot spread TB to anyone, but TB infection can progress to TB disease if not treated with medication.

What is TB disease?

Sometimes the immune system cannot trap the TB germs and keep them from multiplying. This is TB disease. Someone with TB disease can spread TB to others.

If you have any questions about TB, call The Pulaski County Health Center at 573-736-2217




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