Health Department Follows Up TB Case at Springdale School

SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 - Posted at 3:40 p.m. CDT

SPRINGDALE, AR - Health officials following up a case of tuberculosis from last spring at a middle school in Springdale have found nine students and a teacher have indications of the lung disease.

The students and the teacher at Hellstern Middle School will have to have chest X-rays.  Fifty-five students, teachers and staff had positive results for a TB skin test, which was administered after school started.  The ten with symptoms are being held out of school, pending results of the X-rays.

Tuberculosis was once one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.  People with positive skin tests can be treated with a drug regimen.

Officials say the student who was ill initially has been treated and is no longer at the risk of infecting others.

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