Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 TB Cases Found at Jackson High; 100 Other Students, Staff Tested; School to Remain Open, Vitti Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 TB Cases Found at Jackson High; 100 Other Students, Staff Tested; School to Remain Open, Vitti Says

Article excerpt

Byline: Derek Gilliam& Denise Smith Amos

About 100 students and six staff members at Andrew Jackson High School are being tested for tuberculosis after two students were infected with the disease, the county health department announced Thursday night.

One of the infected students was hospitalized with active tuberculosis, launching the health department's investigation. That student has since been released from the hospital. Both students were treated.

Parents and students at the high school were notified Thursday afternoon.

Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told the Times-Union Thursday evening the school will remain open and scheduled activities will not be canceled.

Meanwhile, testing of students began Thursday and will likely continue Friday, he said, adding that he hopes to learn results by the end of the day.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease spread through the air when a person with infected lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or speaks, the health department said in a news release. The disease usually infects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. Tuberculosis can be fatal if not treated.

It's unclear exactly how and when the two students fell ill or when school and health officials first knew it. The students had apparently been misdiagnosed at first, Vitti said, and rumors surfaced Wednesday that it might be tuberculosis.

However, school officials couldn't notify anyone until it was confirmed by the health department Thursday, Vitti said.

The school sent home letters to parents about the tuberculosis cases and testing and broadcast it over its automated phone system to students' families.

"We appreciate the speed in which the school district and our health department came together to respond to these cases," said Kelli Wells, director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, said in a written statement. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.