Tuberculosis case confirmed at Sullivan Central High School

Tuberculosis case confirmed at Sullivan Central High School


NEWS CHANNEL 11 AT 6 STARTS RIGHT NOW. I’M SARA DIAMOND. AND I’M JOSH SMITH…. WE’RE IN YOUR CORNER WITH BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT AT 6: FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2015, SULLIVAN COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING A CASE OF TUBERCULOSIS…T HE CASE INVOLVES A PERSON AT SULLIVAN CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. T-B IS A RARE INFECTION…IMPAC TING ONLY 88 PEOPLE IN ALL OF TENNESSEE SO FAR THIS YEAR. IN A LETTER SENT HOME TO PARENTS TODAY…NATE MORABITO LEARNED THE RISK, ACCORDING TO HEALTH OFFICIALS, IS “MINIMAL.” THE BACTERIA ARE SPREAD THROUGH THE AIR FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER WHEN SOMEONE IS SICK AND COUGHS, SPEAKS, LAUGHS, SINGS OR SNEEZES…AND THE OTHER PERSON BREATHES IN THE GERMS. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. THE C-D-C REPORTS THE INFECTION IS NOT SPREAD BY SHAKING SOMEONE’S HAND, SHARING FOOD OR DRINK OR OTHER FORMS OF PHYSICAL CONTACT. THIS IS THE LETTER THAT WENT HOME TODAY. IT REVEALS THERE IS NO ONGOING EXPOSURE AT SULLIVAN CENTRAL…BUT THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION AND PLANS TO EVALUATE THOSE WHO ARE AT THE GREATEST RISK FOR POSSIBLE EXPOSURE. SULLIVAN COUNTY’S MEDICAL DIRECTOR DR. STEPHEN MAY TOLD US RIGHT NOW “THERE IS NO PUBLIC THREAT.” HE TOLD US DOCTORS CONFIRMED THE DIAGNOSIS EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SENT HOME THE LETTER AND A T-B FACT SHEET TO HELP ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS…ASSURING FAMILIES T-B IS RARELY SPREAD TO PEOPLE WHO SPEND SMALL AMOUNTS OF TIME WITH AN ACTIVE CASE. TUBERCULOSIS CAN BE FATAL IF NOT TREATED PROPERLY, ACCORDING TO THE C-D-C. (MAY) “BASED ON DIAGNOSTIC TESTING THERE IS PROBABLY A MINIMAL RISK FOR EXPOSURE AND THANKS NATE – WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS CASE OF TUBERCULOSIS AT SULLIVAN CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND WILL DELIVER MORE DETAILS AT 11. CONCERNED PARENTS AND GUARDIANS CAN GET MORE INFORMATION FROM HEALTH OFFICIALS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AT AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. IT STARTS AT 6-30 AT THE SULLIVAN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *