An Ocoee High School student with an active case of tuberculosis has prompted a Florida Department of Health investigation.
The student was recently hospitalized for tuberculosis and released, sparking the investigation. About 130 students and staff have been identified for testing, according to the Department of Health statement.
Exposed individuals are being medically evaluated and will be offered therapy if infected.
“The school district and our health department came together quickly to respond to this case,” said Dr. Kevin M. Sherin, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County in a release. “The health and safety of the students and staff is our top priority and our work with local school officials is an important part of the public health process.”
TB is a disease caused by germs spread from person to person in close contact through the air.
Symptoms of TB disease include feelings of sickness or weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats. Symptoms of TB disease of the lungs also include coughing, chest pain, and coughing up blood.
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