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Health officials confirmed that they are investigating a case of active tuberculosis in Oklahoma County.Oklahoma City-County Health Department officials say they are investigating an active case of tuberculosis in a student within the Western Heights Public School District. They said the student is not in the main student body of the school but attends a small program within the district.”The Western Heights School District administration and staff have taken all necessary precautions to protect their students and staff,” Dr. Dale Claflin, TB medical director of OCCHD, said in the news release. “As the student is not in the main student body of the school, we’re confident only a few students are impacted. OCCHD will continue to provide updates to the District as our investigation continues.”According to the news release, the program the student attends is sectioned off from the rest of the Western Heights population. A small number of students and staff members have been notified that they will need to be tested.”OCCHD officials have initiated an investigation, including providing TB testing of household contacts and other close contacts to the student,” the news release states.Targeted letters have been sent to school staff members and parents of students who might have had exposure and who health officials recommend be tested for possible TB infection, according to the release. That includes people who had frequent and/or prolonged indoor contact with the student.TB is an infectious disease caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs, although other parts of the body also can be affected. The disease can be spread when someone with TB of the lung coughs, sneezes, laughs or sings, causing germs to get into the air.People who share the same air space with someone with TB might breathe in these germs, the news release states.Watch the video player below for health officials’ full comments:Symptoms include feeling weak or sick, weight loss, fever and night seats. People with TB of the lung might have complaints of cough, chest pain and/or coughing up blood. Other symptoms depend on the particular part of the body that has been infected, officials said.People who have not been contacted by health officials do not need to be tested, according to the release. Anyone who is concerned or has questions can contact the OCCHD at 405-215-2265 or can go to its website here. Western Heights Public Schools officials said people with questions for the district can call 405-261-6720.

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Health officials confirmed that they are investigating a case of active tuberculosis in Oklahoma County.

Oklahoma City-County Health Department officials say they are investigating an active case of tuberculosis in a student within the Western Heights Public School District. They said the student is not in the main student body of the school but attends a small program within the district.

“The Western Heights School District administration and staff have taken all necessary precautions to protect their students and staff,” Dr. Dale Claflin, TB medical director of OCCHD, said in the news release. “As the student is not in the main student body of the school, we’re confident only a few students are impacted. OCCHD will continue to provide updates to the District as our investigation continues.”

According to the news release, the program the student attends is sectioned off from the rest of the Western Heights population. A small number of students and staff members have been notified that they will need to be tested.

“OCCHD officials have initiated an investigation, including providing TB testing of household contacts and other close contacts to the student,” the news release states.

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Targeted letters have been sent to school staff members and parents of students who might have had exposure and who health officials recommend be tested for possible TB infection, according to the release. That includes people who had frequent and/or prolonged indoor contact with the student.

TB is an infectious disease caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs, although other parts of the body also can be affected. The disease can be spread when someone with TB of the lung coughs, sneezes, laughs or sings, causing germs to get into the air.

People who share the same air space with someone with TB might breathe in these germs, the news release states.

Watch the video player below for health officials’ full comments:

Symptoms include feeling weak or sick, weight loss, fever and night seats. People with TB of the lung might have complaints of cough, chest pain and/or coughing up blood. Other symptoms depend on the particular part of the body that has been infected, officials said.

People who have not been contacted by health officials do not need to be tested, according to the release. Anyone who is concerned or has questions can contact the OCCHD at 405-215-2265 or can go to its website here.

Western Heights Public Schools officials said people with questions for the district can call 405-261-6720.

First Publish Date: 2019-10-02 19:46:00
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