Tuberculosis Case Reported At Michigan High School

KALAMAZOO (WWJ/AP) – A health official says a person at Kalamazoo Central High School has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services official Linda Vail says additional details are to be revealed during a news event later Thursday at Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Central High parent Jennifer Keyser told the Kalamazoo Gazette she received a phone call Thursday from school officials saying her son “had been around the other student” and needs to be tested.

Keyser says she was told the health department will be at the high school on Monday to administer TB tests.

This news comes after a recent TB exposure scare in Detroit.

Last month, state health officials announced an investigation into the potential TB exposure of dental care patients and staffers at four Detroit health care facilities.  This city is offering low-cost tests for those who are concerned.

Tuberculosis is an airborne infection that attacks the lungs. According to state health statistics, there were 151 TB cases in Michigan last year and 21 so far in 2014.

For questions and information about tuberculosis, visit this link, or learn more from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, here.

MORE: Detroit Offering TB Tests After Exposure Scare

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