The Palm Beach County Health Department has launched its most extensive tuberculosis investigation so far this year after a student attending the Jupiter Middle School of Technology was diagnosed with the disease in May, agency spokesman Tim O’Connor said Friday.
About 300 people – the student’s classmates, teachers and family – have undergone a blood test for TB exposure since May 29, and just under 10 percent have tested positive for exposure, meaning they need additional follow-up, O’Connor said. Typically, that will mean a sputum test and chest x-ray.
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Four members of one family have been found sick with tuberculosis, including a Jupiter Middle School of Technology student.
- About 300 people who have come in contact with them have been tested.
- Under 10 percent of those have tested positive for exposure, but further testing is required.
- The TB strain responds to antibiotics.
- The school has notified the parents of its roughly 1,300 students.
Source: Palm Beach County Health Department.