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Suspected Case of TB in Area School
Wednesday, 07 January 2009

January 8-  A student at Montgomery County Elementary School is suspected of having active Tuberculosis (TB).

County School Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten says letters are being sent to parents of all students in the school, and that some will be urged to have their children tested by the Health Department.

"At this point the diagnosis is only suspected and not confirmed, however, we think it's better to be proactive to insure the safety and health of all our students.  Most of the letters will not require a TB test, but a few students and faculty will receive a different letter urging them to have a test because they may have had direct contact with the student," Dr. Batten said.

According to public health officials, parents should not be overly alarmed since the situation is neither immediately life threantening nor an emergency.  They say TB generally develops over weeks or months and is curable with medications.

There were 441 cases of TB reported in Georgia last year with eight cases in the South Central Health District which counties in this area.

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