Local Student Diagnosed With TB

NORTHVILLE (WWJ) – A student at Northville High School has been diagnosed with Tuberculosis.

In a letter to parents on Monday, Superintendent Mary Gallagher and principal Robert Watson said the school had been informed about the case on spring break. The infected student has not been identified.

Those who are not considered high risk can still get tested at the Wayne County Health Department in Westland.

Students and staff who are considered high risk for getting TB will undergo tuberculosis skins tests next week by the Wayne County Health Department.

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, TB is a disease caused by germs that  are spread from person to person through the air. It  usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. It can be deadly if left untreated.

The general symptoms of TB include feelings of sickness or weakness, weight loss, fever,  and night sweats. The symptoms of TB disease of the lungs also include coughing, chest pain, and coughing up blood. (More at this link).

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