Twelve People Test Postive for TB
A dozen people in Marion County have tested positive for tuberculosis after coming in close contact with a high school student infected with TB.
This summer, a North Marion High School student tested positive for the tuberculosis bacteria.
Since then, the health department and Marion County School District have worked on identifying people who may have come in close contact with the student who was infected with TB.
"We've identified about 170 people who should receive TB tests and all but 28 of those people as of out most current numbers have received their test," said Craig Ackerman who is the Public Information Officer for the Marion County Health Department.
So far twelve people tested positive for TB.
"When you test positive on a TB test it may mean that you have the germ in your body, but that germ may not be active," said Ackerman.
Those 12 people who tested positive do not have an active germ which means they are not contagious.
These types of cases are called latent TB infections.
"In order for tb to be contagious that person has to be actively sick with a tb disease not just test positive on a TB test," said Ackerman.
Out of the 12 people who tested for TB, seven of them are students. Health and school officials said those students are allowed to attend school be side they are not contagious.
"Yes they have the germ inside them, but no they are not dangerous to be around," said Kevin Christian who is the Public Relations Officer with the Marion County School District.
On Tuesday some parents called North Marion High School asking about the TB cases.
"We want to assure parents that those people who tested positive are not contagious. They will not pass tb to other people. The TB is not active in their body and they don't have active symptoms of TB disease. They won't pass it on to other students or staff," said Ackerman.
Health officials are still working on contacting the 28 people who have not been tested, but should.
The student who orginally tested postive this summer, has since recovered and is no longer contagious.
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