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Tuberculosis case discovered in North Carolina high school

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Health officials continue investigation into tuberculosis case found at Guilford County high school

The Guilford County Public Health Division continues to investigate a case of tuberculosis at Ragsdale High School. The city of Winston-Salem says the poisoning incident at the Burke Street Pub does not make the bar a “nuisance.” Get the latest interesting news by clicking here. Guilford Public Health was notified of the case on Dec. 1 and worked with GCS to identify possible exposures and notify teachers, parents and guardians of students of their investigation. The organization’s Tammy Koonce says contracting TB from another person usually happens after prolonged contact with someone who has it. “Typically, this includes family members of people who are sick,” she said. “These are the people who are really at risk. People who have casual contact with someone who has TB are at very, very low risk.” Previous coverage: Dr. David Priest of Novant Health says cases like that of Ragsdale are rare in the United States thanks to the work of public health departments. “We handle a few hundred cases in the state every year,” he said. “The reason there aren’t a lot of cases in the United States is because of the excellent testing programs for people who immigrate to this country, the fact that the health departments are doing a great job and something that is really quite curable.” During this investigation, officials are offering free testing at Ragsdale High School as well as free medication to anyone who tests positive for tuberculosis. “The important thing we want to convey to the public is that no one is at immediate risk of health problems related to this particular case,” Koonce said.NAVIGATE: Home | Weather | Watch TV NOWCAST | Local News | National | News we love | TRENDING STORIES

The Guilford County Public Health Division continues to investigate a case of tuberculosis at Ragsdale High School.

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Guilford Public Health was notified of the case on Dec. 1, working with GCS to identify possible exposures and notifying teachers, parents and guardians of students of their investigation. The organization’s Tammy Koonce says contracting TB from another person usually happens after prolonged contact with someone who has it.

“Typically, this includes family members of people who are sick,” she said. “These are the people who are really at risk. People who have casual contact with someone with TB are at very, very low risk.”

Previous coverage:

Dr. David Priest of Novant Health says cases like Ragsdale’s are rare in the United States thanks to the work of public health departments.

“We handle a few hundred cases in the state every year,” he said. “The reason there aren’t many cases in the United States is because of the excellent screening programs for people who immigrate to this country, the fact that the health departments are doing a great job and something (the tuberculosis) which is really quite curable.”

During this investigation, officials are offering free testing at Ragsdale High School and free medication to anyone who tests positive for tuberculosis.

“The important thing we want to let the public know is that no one is at immediate risk of health problems related to this particular case,” Koonce said.

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