Tuberculosis testing urged at Lafayette High

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Officials say about 200 people at Lafayette High School need to be tested for exposure to tuberculosis after a suspected case was reported earlier this week.

Tuberculosis is a lung disease that can be transmitted by sharing the same space with an infected person for an extended period of time.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/UDV3Xk ) the school system notified Lafayette High parents Tuesday of the suspected tuberculosis case at the school and that those students identified as being at risk of exposure would be sent home with a letter Wednesday about exposure testing to be conducted by the Office of Public Health on Monday and Tuesday.

Dr. Tina Stefanski, regional public health director, said the exposure testing is a precaution and tuberculosis has not been confirmed at this time.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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