A student at Glen Hills High School tested positive for Tuberculosis. As a result, health officials are taking no chances, offering free tests for students and staff as the high school.
Although TB is pretty common, it's highly contagious. The testing today is not required and those who have already had direct contact with the student have been tested. At this point, school and department of health officials want to make sure that the tuberculosis doesn't spread any further.
"If someone initially tested positive, then we will do another test which will basically encompass a chest x-ray, and if that also turns out to be positive then we will put them on medication, just as a precaution," said Emmitt Walker, Richmond County Department of Health.
"It doesn't mean they have active TB disease, but if they chest x-ray shows that they are positive with the initial skin test then we'll put them on some sort of prophylaxis. If one was to not take advantage of taking the test and they unfortunately came down with active TB and did nothing about it, worst case scenario they could die," said Walker.
If you can't get tested at Glenn Hills HS today then you can always get tested at the Richmond County Department of Health. Last year, 3 students tested positive for Tuberculosis at Butler High School.
Richmond County Health Department (RCHD) located at 950 Laney Walker Blvd, August, GA 30901.
For questions regarding testing, please call the TB Control Clinic at the RCHD at (706)-721-5840.
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