AURORA, Colorado – All students and staff who were at Aurora Hills High School during the fall semester will now be tested for TB after a new series of tests has been completed. showed that some people exposed to TB were infected, said Denver Public Health.
The first tests in January did not show that people had contracted TB at school. However, repeated tests done last week on the same people who were exposed showed that some people had been infected, but none of them was sick, a public Denver press release said. Health.
Due to the results of these tests, the tests are being extended. This new series of tests will begin on March 4th. All students and staff who were in school in the fall were contacted to let them know that they needed to be tested.
In mid-January, school officials said they contacted people who may have been exposed to a person with TB, a disease largely eradicated, during the fall semester of 2018, according to a message sent to parents at home. At that time, the school said that those who had not been contacted before January 18 were probably not exposed.
According to the letter sent to parents, a person must spend hours with a person with tuberculosis to contract TB. It's contagious – but not as most people think. You can not get TB by simply touching a doorknob, tables, utensils, or other surfaces.
Denver Public Health has not found any other people with TB; there is therefore no permanent risk of exposure to TB in school. People with tuberculosis infection who are not sick can not transmit TB to other people. Denver Public Health provides treatment for people with TB to protect them from future illness.
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by germs that spread from one person to another through the air. It usually affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body.
- Most people exposed to TB are not infected.
- Infected people can not transmit TB to other people unless they are sick.
- The typical symptoms of tuberculosis are chronic cough, fever or night sweats that persist for several weeks and usually worsen.
- A person who is infected with TB but who is not sick can be treated to eliminate the infection to keep him from getting sick in the future.
- Additional information on TB is available on the website of the Denver Metro Tuberculosis Clinic.
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