Students to be Tested for TB

July 25, 2003  - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CDT

The state Board of Health has voted to require tuberculosis-screening test for some foreign-born students entering Arkansas.

The Health Department says students from countries with high rates of the contagious lung disease will have to take the test.

The bacterial disease is spread through the air when a person sneezes or coughs. The regulation approved unanimously by the board yesterday will require skin testing for T-B, followed by a chest X-ray if the skin test is positive.

The measure won't take effect until Governor Huckabee signs it, Bates said. Students from all of Asia, Africa, and Central and South America would be covered by the rule, as well as some nations of eastern Europe that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.

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