A student who attended the Jupiter Middle School of Technology in May with active tuberculosis may have exposed as many as 18 other people to the illness, follow up tests indicate.
The Palm Beach County Health Department returned to the school last month to re-test 166 of the 301 people who were tested in May.
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Local health officials tested 301 people for tuberculosis in May after a Jupiter Middle School of Technology student attended class with active TB. Recent follow-up tests suggest 18 of them may have been exposed, and need preventive antibiotics.
Palm Beach County has treated 16 active TB cases as of July 1. Last year, Palm Beach County had 40 active TB cases. In 2011, there were 59 cases.