North Marion HS Student Treated for Tuberculosis
Published August 2nd, 2013
A deadly and contagious disease has popped up in North Central Florida.
A North Marion High School student has tested positive for the tuberculosis bacteria.
On average, Marion County typically reports fewer than 10 cases of TB per year.
"TB can be a fatal disease if is undetected, untreated, unchecked, but it is treatable" said Craig Ackerman who is the Public Information Officer with the Florida Department of Health in Marion County.
"You have to be around the peraon for a while. You won't catch it walking down the hall. You won't catch it passing them on the street. You probably won't even catch it if you are with them in a large room. You need to be pretty close," said Ackerman.
The student recently took a computer lab class at North Marion Middle School. Health officials and the the Marion County School District are now working together to determine if anyone else may be infected.
This week, health officials started contacting students, faculty and staff who were close enough to the student.
Those who are part of the "inner circle" are being told to get tested.
Officials aren't releasing specific information on the student, including name, age, grade and gender.
The student is being treated and is currently at home in isolation.
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