Students to be tested for tuberculosis

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Officials say students at two suburban Atlanta high schools will be tested for tuberculosis after one student tested positive for the disease.

Cobb County school officials announced the testing Thursday. They said the student is believed to have contracted the disease over the summer.

School system spokesman Jay Dillon said the student attends Hillgrove High School this year, but attended McEachern High in the spring.

Dillon tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/1AdOws4) that no other students have shown symptoms, but testing will done at both schools as a precaution.

Tuberculosis, or TB, is caused by a bacterium that typically attacks the lungs. Health officials say TB is spread through the air, but not through general contact with others, such as shaking hands, sharing food or drinks, or kissing.

___

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.