Health officials to test for Tuberculosis at South Meck Tues.

Health officials to test for Tuberculosis at South Meck Tues.

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 21 at 12:03 PM

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Mecklenburg County Health Department workers will be at South Mecklenburg High School on Tuesday, testing 33 people for Tuberculosis after a student tested positive for the disease last week.

"We'll provide skin testing to those individuals who we feel may have been at risk of being exposed," said Dr. Stephen Keener, Medical Director of the department.

The results of the testing are expected Thursday.  Upon those results, Keener said officials may decide further tests are necessary on other students.  

He said the disease isn't as contagious as many others, and usually requires sustained time with the sick person.

Several students say school staff has remained relatively quiet about the issue. 

"Some of my teachers are kind of clueless about it.  But the teachers who taught her, know who the student is and know anything they need to know," said senior Tia Bradshaw

Keener commended the school's handling of the situation. 

"We care about these kids, we care about their health and we want to make sure no one else gets sick," he said.

Health officials estimate 25-35 adults get Tuberculosis in Mecklenburg County every year. 

 

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