Tuberculosis case reported at La Plata High School

Posted at 6:52 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 23:36:37-05

Charles County Schools sent a letter to parents to inform them that someone at La Plata High School had been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) disease.

Health officials are investigating. They have not said if a student or staff member was infected.

People who had prolonged exposure to the individual will be contacted by the health department with an opportunity to receive testing.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness that typically responds well to treatment. The rate here in the U.S. has declined dramatically and there is a vaccine to prevent infection.

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