Testing for TB begins at Durango High School

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Roughly 200 students and faculty will be tested for tuberculosis at Durango High Wednesday.

These are people who are believed to had close contact with one person on campus infected with the disease.

Those tests are only for a select group, identified as having possible exposure.

Last week, the Southern Nevada Health District sent parents a letter telling them about one active case of tuberculosis at the school. 

The health district says it began investigating the case in mid to late February. The letter sent home explains those most at risk for TB infection are students and staff who had prolonged, personal contact with the individual who has been excused from being at school.

The disease typically affects the lungs. It spreads through the air by coughing, sneezing or speaking after extended contact.

The health district and school worked together to identify close contacts.

“So, it’s not something we want people to be alarmed about but, it is something where we want to be aggressive in our contact investigation to make sure we identify anyone else who has active TB or is at risk of developing active,” said Dr. Vit Kraushaar,  medical investigator at Southern Nevada Health District.

Those who have been identified are required by law to take the test, which will be conducted through Thursday and during school hours at no charge.

Parents will be notified of their children’s results within one to two weeks.  A second round of testing will occur eight to 10 weeks later. 

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