Tuberculosis screening for Grant High students, staff to be offered Aug. 22

08/14/2014 6:45 PM

08/14/2014 6:47 PM

Grant High students and staff can be screened for tuberculosis Aug. 22 at a clinic at the school, 1400 Grand Ave.

The Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services has tested nearly 500 students and employees from Grant High since a pupil was diagnosed with active TB in February.

Nine people, including five students, have contracted active TB, enough to be considered an official outbreak. All of these patients have been treated and are not infectious, according to Olivia Kasirye, the county’s public health officer.

“All exposure to the disease occurred prior to March, so there was only one student who was identified as infectious,” Kasirye said. “That student has been treated.”

Previous screenings revealed that 120 students and employees contracted a noninfectious form of the disease. These patients are receiving preventative treatment so that disease doesn’t become active in the future, according to county officials.

The Aug. 22 clinic is for any returning Grant student or staff member that has not been tested for the disease, according to a press release from Sacramento County. Confidential test results will be provided at the school Aug. 25.

Active tuberculosis attacks the lungs and can be fatal. People with active TB can spread the disease through the air when they cough, laugh, sneeze or sing, but not through hand-shaking or touching objects such as doorknobs or railings.

Information about TB can be found at www.cdc.gov/tb/.

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