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DOH conducts TB tests for 36 Waianae High students, staff

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state Department of Health conducted tuberculosis skin testing for 36 Waianae High School students and staff members last week due to possible exposure from a student who has the disease.

The student is no longer attending school and is currently receiving treatment, DOH said. None of the students or teachers who were tested appeared to have TB, and no new cases were found at the school.

DOH was notified of the TB case on Feb. 6, but the school sent a letter to parents and guardians on Feb. 18.

"Tuberculosis usually requires many hours of close indoor contact to spread to others, so only those students with extended exposure in enclosed settings need to be tested," Dr. Richard Brostrom, chief of the Tuberculosis Control Branch, said in a statement. "The school screening is an extra measure of safety, and everyone who may have been exposed has been tested."

TB is a disease commonly seen in the lungs, and is spread through the air.

For more information, call the DOH Hawaii Tuberculosis Control Program at (808) 842-5731 or go to https://tb.ehawaii.gov/welcome.html or http://www.cdc.gov/tb.

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