One Person Diagnosed with Tuberculosis at La Plata High School

November 17, 2016

la-plata-high-school-laplataThe Charles County Department of Health has confirmed that an individual at La Plata High School has been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) disease.

The school system is working with the health department to ensure there is no further risk in the school.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness that responds well to proper medical treatment. It is spread through the air, usually by coughing or sneezing. Generally, a person must have prolonged exposure to the person with TB in order to breathe in a sufficient number of TB germs to cause a TB infection. The disease cannot be transmitted by touching someone or by sharing eating utensils.

The health department is working with the school and school system to identify those who should receive TB testing. Students, teachers and staff members at La Plata who may have had prolonged exposure to the individual diagnosed with TB will receive an exposure letter and a TB testing consent form by email and regular mail early next week. The health department will provide free TB tests at La Plata to those people identified. La Plata parents/guardians, who do not receive an exposure letter or e-mail, do not need to have their children tested at this time.

Yesterday, La Plata emailed and mailed an information letter home to all parents.

Questions can be directed to your family physician or the Charles County Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Control Program at 301-609-6900, ext. 6025, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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8 Responses to One Person Diagnosed with Tuberculosis at La Plata High School

  1. taradies on November 17, 2016 at 6:55 am

    But you know, vaccines are bad and you can’t believe when the big pharma and government officials, and any doctors, for that matter, say they don’t cause autism. But don’t give up on traveling, build you immune system the natural way, and do the world a favor and build theirs too while you’re at it.

    ***if you can’t read sarcasm, you don’t belong on the interwebs

    ***seriously, all sarcasm, my family vaccinates.

    • Anonymous on November 18, 2016 at 2:19 am

      I completely agree with you!

      ***if you can’t read sarcasm, you don’t belong on the interwebs.

      ***seriously

  2. Johnny 5 on November 17, 2016 at 9:56 am

    You are a moron!

  3. know your facts on November 17, 2016 at 9:58 am

    There is no vaccine for TB…

  4. know your facts on November 17, 2016 at 9:59 am

    That is in the USA

  5. Anonymous on November 18, 2016 at 6:12 am

    No vaccine for TB in the USA!

  6. Terrence Johnson on November 18, 2016 at 8:01 am

    It will work out just fine. School administration has been seeking guidance from the Koran……

    • Infidel4Life on November 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Now that’s funny, sad, but funny!