Healthy Living

TB: What parents need to know

by Celia Shortt

With the recent case of tuberculosis confirmed at Smokey Road Middle School in Coweta County, District 4 Health released a statement outlining what parents and schools need to know moving forward.

“This [confirmed] diagnosis does not change District 4 Public Health’s response to this situation, as our organization has acted as the case to be positive for tuberculosis even without confirmation and has based our actions and advice on that,” said District Health Director Olugbenga Obasanjo.

What parents and schools need to know now that the tuberculosis case is confirmed:

• As a result of screening tests administered, 28 people have been referred for further testing. That does not mean that these people have TB or that exposure was through this person.

• The skin test given to students is a screening measure meant to indicate a need for further screening for the TB germ. A “positive” reaction to this test does NOT indicate the presence of the TB germ. It only shows the presence of relevant antibodies and indicates need for further testing.

• Of those tested, fewer than 10 percent needed further testing. This rate is within or under the likely rate of positive reactions to the test that would occur in any at-large population.

• The risk of infection from this diagnosed case is minimal. The most common way to become infected with TB germs is to spend a long period of time with a person who has active TB disease. Tuberculosis is spread when a person inhales airborne germs over a long period of time in a confined area with someone who has the active disease and who coughs or sneezes. TB is rarely spread to persons who spend brief amounts of time together, and the good news is, TB infection can be treated and cured and prevented from progressing to active disease, if identified and treated.

Following the suspected case of TB two weeks ago in Coweta, the LaGrange based District 4 Health provided TB health screenings for students and teachers at Smokey Road Middle School. It also screened a smaller number of students from Newnan High School and Western Elementary School who were on a school bus with the student who is suffering from TB.

Of the almost 300 people tested, 28 tested positive for exposure to TB. The total number of people having a positive reaction in this instance falls within the normal average for a large group, state health officials said.



More Local

Gray found guilty of rape

Guilty was the verdict reached in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray. After three hours after beginning their deliberation, the ju ... Read More


Sexsomnia or rape? Verdict in jury’s hands

Closing arguments in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray concluded Friday. Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Herb Cranford ... Read More


118 Newnan High students tested for TB

More than a hundred tuberculosis exposure tests were administered at Newnan High School on Friday, as earlier in the week a NHS student was ... Read More


Senoia man arrested after fleeing from officer

A Senoia area man was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Coweta County Jail after allegedly leading a Coweta County sheriff's deputy on a hig ... Read More


UPDATE

Wreck victim in fair condition

James Hand, who was injured in a motor vehicle crash Thursday morning, was listed in fair condition Friday at Atlanta Medical Center. Hand w ... Read More

Prescribed burn smokes out Lake Redwine

A large fire that brought days of smoke and acrid smells to the Lake Redwine area was a prescribed burn that was done in accordance with cur ... Read More