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DOH: 11 students exposed to TB, 36 still need to be tested

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New developments in the health scare at McKinley High School.

The state Department of Health concluded their preliminary evaluation for more than 80 percent of the 197 potentially exposed students and staff at the school.

Eleven students have been exposed to Tuberculosis, after sophomore tested positive for the disease earlier this month. The students tested positive for "exposure" to TB, a potentially deadly disease. They've been told to take medication so they do not contract the "active" disease.

Thirty-six students still need to be tested.

Chief of the DOH Tuberculosis Control Branch Dr. Richard Brostrom released this statement:

"We appreciate the continued cooperation from parents, students and the McKinley High School Administration. We will return in December to retest contacts who were negative on their initial skin test to make sure that we have protected the school as well as the local community."

A second round of testing will be conducted in December to make sure no one has the disease.

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