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15 Test Positive for Skin Exposure to Tuberculosis

POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2009 - 8:40am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm

Nearly two weeks ago, a Canutillo High School student found out she had active Tuberculosis. After that, one-hundred of her classmates and teachers were tested.
So far, fifteen have turned up with a positive skin test. What does that mean? According to the Centers for Disease Control, "if you have a positive TB skin test reaction, you probably have TB infection." But, that is no reason to worry yet. The next step is to have another test like a chest X-ray to see if the students and staff have active or latent TB bacteria. Those with active TB may feel weak, lose weight or have a fever. Others could even cough up blood. These people could spread Tuberculosis to others and should stay at home, but people with latent TB have no symptoms. They do not feel sick and most importantly, they cannot spread the disease to others right away. There is a possibility, however, that they could develop active TB.

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